Astronomers discover first Thorne-Zyt...

Astronomers discover first Thorne-Zytkow object, a bizarre type of hybrid star

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In a discovery decades in the making, scientists have detected the first of a "theoretical" class of stars first proposed in 1975 by physicist Kip Thorne and astronomer Anna Zytkow.

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#1 Jun 11, 2014
Hmm. interesting.

To produce the object at all the companion that swallowed the neutron star must have been H or He burning @ most and be over 10 solar masses. Any smaller & the companion's outer layers would have been blown away by accretion onto the neutron star resulting in an LMXB system similar to the Black widows.

Expect as a result a red supergiant luminosity similar to VVcep or Mu cep rather than Betelgeuse (-7 rather than -5) May also stand more chance of producing yellow or white supergiants as a TZO.

The Metal abundances may also have been produced by the accretion of the inner layers of the SN that produced the neutron star.

Have a nice day: Ag

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