Hottest and Largest Double Star System

The hottest and largest double star system to date, where the two suns – separated by just 7.5 million miles – are in contact and sharing material, has been discovered by astronomers at the European Southern Observatory (ESO). Called “VFTS 352,” this system lies approximately 160,000 light-years from Earth in the Large Magellanic Cloud, and it could be heading for a catatrosphic end, either merging to form a single giant star or a binary black hole. “If the stars are mixed well enough, they both remain compact and the VFTS 352 system may avoid merging. This would lead the objects down a new evolutionary path that is completely different from classic stellar evolution predictions. In the case of VFTS 352, the components would likely end their lives in supernova explosions, forming a close binary system of black holes. Such a remarkable object would be an intense source of gravitational waves,” said Selma de Mink of University of Amsterdam. Click here to view the first image in today’s viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of Marty McFly and Doc Brown visiting Jimmy Kimmel.

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