40 Eridani B was the first white dwarf to be discovered, but details of its structure and composition remained a mystery, until today’s paper.
Pulsations are the way for astronomers to probe the interior of stars. Today’s paper announces the discovery of a new class of pulsator stars. What makes them different? And what exciting new things can we learn from that?
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The accuracy of our estimates of the radii of white dwarf stars has important implications to cosmology. We currently rely on a theoretical mass-radius relationship for that. Are we doing a good job?
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The discovery of carbon-rich Mira variables in the Galactic centre could imply the existence of a number of young stars among the otherwise old Galactic bulge population.
Stellar evolution remains one of the most complicated and yet fundamental subjects in astrophysics. In today’s paper, we take a look at the role of atomic diffusion in the evolution of Sun-like stars, and how they affect estimates of stellar ages and chemical tagging.
Have you checked the assumptions and approximations of your favorite stellar evolution code? In today’s paper we confront these uncertainties and face the fact that, well, stellar evolution is extremely complicated and we need to keep tabs of the limitations of our models.