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Stories by Edward P. J. van den Heuvel

  • The Secret Lives of Stars | Space X-Ray Binaries

    X-Ray Binaries

    In these systems, ultradense neutron stars feed on their more sedate companions. Such stellar cannibalism produces brilliant outpourings of x-rays and drastically alters the evolution of both stars

    September 1, 2004 |

  • The Secret Lives of Stars | Space Supersoft X-Ray Stars and Supernovae

    Supersoft X-Ray Stars and Supernovae

    Several years ago astronomers came across a new type of starthat spews out unusually low energy x-rays. These so-called supersoft sources are now thought to be white dwarf stars that cannibalize their stellar companions and then, in many cases, explode

    September 1, 2004 |

  • February 1999 | Space Supersoft X-ray Stars and Supernovae

    Supersoft X-ray Stars and Supernovae

    Several years ago astronomers came across a new type of star that spews out unusually low energy x-rays. These so-called supersoft sources are now thought to be white dwarf stars that cannibalize their stellar companions and then, in many cases, explode

    February 1, 1999 |

  • November 1993 | Space X-ray Binaries

    X-ray Binaries

    In these systems, ultradense neutron stars feed on their more sedate companions. Such stellar cannibalism produces brilliant outpourings of x-rays and drastically alters the evolution of both stars

    November 1, 1993 |

  • Scientific American Volume 232, Issue 3 | Space X-Ray-Emitting Double Stars

    X-Ray-Emitting Double Stars

    An analysis of certain very powerful X-ray sources suggests that the radiation emanates from a binary system where a superdense collapsed star is orbiting closely around a massive normal star

    March 1, 1975 |

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