Rare ‘teardrop’ star and its invisible partner are doomed to explode in a massive supernova

Astronomers have discovered a rare, teardrop-shaped star swirling through the cosmos some 1,500 light-years from the sun.

Why does the star cry? Because it is in a toxic relationship with a partner that is literally ripping the life from its body. In stellar relationships like these, there is no amicable uncoupling; the romance only ends when both stars explode in a violent, thermonuclear explosion that’s visible across the galaxy. You’d cry, too.

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