Saturday, August 04, 2007

Science: Smokin' star

(The image is not part of the article) Astronomers from France and Brazil have detected a huge cloud of dust around a star. This discovery is evidence for the theory that such stellar puffs are the cause of the repeated extreme dimming of the star.
Patrick de Laverny, leader of the team said:
Two hundred years after the discovery of the variable nature of R CrB, many aspects of the R CrB phenomenon remain mysterious.

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