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What will happen next to the stars is a bit of a mystery, but theoretical models suggest that any merger will likely come quickly and quite explosively, releasing copious amounts of energy in the blast.
Given that they have no clearance between them, this process will lead to the merger of the two stars in a single object, a real star mastodon. The details of the merger process are not known, because it has never been seen before. Some theoretical models suggest that the merger process is extremely fast, releasing a huge amount of energy in a kind of explosion.
two become one…
originally posted by: Baddogma
Excellent find ...and actually, yeah, I HAVE wondered about the size differences of stars... but guessed, like you, they came from variously sized gas clouds.
This is really fascinating ...and makes me even more mad that our priorities are so skewed that we are still largely Earth bound ...this long after learning how to get off this lovely rock.
There's a huge universe out there to explore... yet we still use most of our resources to spy on and kill each other better.