“Stellar vampires” could feed on stars hidden in their system

Some star systems thought to host two stellar bodies might actually have a hidden third – a treacherous star that could help push one of its glowing companions toward the other, as the latter feasts on its victim like a vampire.

It’s a discovery made by scientists from the University of Leeds who analyzed data from the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Gaia mission, which identifies the positions of a billion stars throughout the Milky Way . This revelation could transform our understanding of the evolution of the most massive stars in the cosmos.

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