VFTS 352 Twin Stars Collide And Form Stellar Bridge
European Space Observatory astronomers have discovered 2 massive twin stars in what has now been dubbed an over contact binary system.
The twin stars have orbited so close to one another that they have now merged together into one giant stellar mass.
This friendly get together is expected to come to a crashing end however, as it is expected that they will either form together to create one massive star or split apart in one giant supernova, creating a binary black hole system.
The twin stars are some of the most massive ever discovered with each one the equivalent of 57 times our own suns size and each one having a surface temperature of 40,000 degrees centigrade.
The twin stars are almost identical in size and if they explode could create a double supernova that would in theory create 2 black holes, or as we prefer to call it.. binary black holes.
This would spell the end for anything within the system itself including any planets and asteroid that would eventually be consumed by the black holes.
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