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Should we fear Wolf-Rayet WR-104?

Should we fear Wolf-Rayet WR-104? Not really. What you should fear more is getting hit by a bolt of lightning from a storm that is 477 miles (768 kilometers) away. This actually happened fairly ...
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Should we fear Wolf-Rayet WR-104?

WR104 seems to be pointed away from us at an angle of about 30 to 40 degrees, and likely won’t do a gamma ray burst when it goes supernova. The dust is lit up in a spiral pattern and it is carried ...
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Should we fear Wolf-Rayet WR-104?

With basis on the limited information available, we can try to get some crude estimates for an adverse outcome. From the Wikipedia article: Recent studies suggest these effects pose a "highly ...
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Which star has the highest mass loss rate?

Some very hot and massive stars have strong stellar winds, known spectroscopically as "P Cygni profiles" after the type star. P Cygni 'erupted' in the 17th century to magnitude 3 and is now ...
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Have all Wolf-Rayet stars evolved off the main-sequence?

Wolf-Rayet stars have long been a subject of controversy in astronomy. Observationally, they are the class of stars that astronomers identify as being very luminous, having very little hydrogen, and ...
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Which star has the highest mass loss rate?

It is my impression that some sort of supernova is likely to be losing mass at the fastest rate for a short period of time. @fasterthanlight responded to my comment and sugggested that supernovae be ...

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