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A massive star just vanished without a trace and astronomers don't know why


An artist's impression of the star that vanised without a trace.

Of all the things you'd expect to lose sight of, a star 100 times bigger than our sun probably isn't top of mind. Yet scientists are stunned at the realisation that a massive star has somehow vanished into nothingness, with seemingly no explanation.

In a new study, published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society on Tuesday, astronomers checked in on a gigantic star, nicknamed the Kinman Dwarf, in the galaxy PHL 293B, 75 million light-years from Earth. The team were interested in learning ...


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