Dead star comes back to life like a zombie

SPACE – A study out of Johns Hopkins University shows, a star declared dead more than 12,000 years ago, isn’t.

The zombie star is Abell 30. It’s several thousand light years away and in the middle of planetary nebula, that’s a cloud of interstellar gas and dust.

Astronomers were able to spot zombie characteristics, like helium bursting from the star’s core using NASA’s Hubble Telescope and the Chandra X-ray Observatory.

The study which appears in Astrophysical Journal concludes, the star came back to life about 800 years ago. This rebirth is fascinating to scientist for several reasons.

  1. It’s a rare occurrence.
  2. It’s difficult to spot.
  3. Abell 30 shows what may happen to our sun, in five billion years, give or take or a billion.


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