View from Mars Hill: Some celestial fireworks for the July Fourth holiday - News Summed Up

View from Mars Hill: Some celestial fireworks for the July Fourth holiday


Astronomers today refer to it as GK Persei and have debated its true nature since Thomas Anderson discovered it in 1901. As an adult, Anderson spent long hours gazing at the heavens, mastering the night sky. One of these photographs, captured just two days before Anderson’s discovery, showed the object, but about 10,000 times fainter than when Anderson saw it. Cataclysmic variable stars are binary stars consisting of a white dwarf and a secondary star. This blows the accumulated material off into space and can create a display that would be the star of any July 4th fireworks show.


Source: Daily Sun July 03, 2022 01:10 UTC



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