A science mission to the massive stars
Massive stars are the most luminous objects in the Universe – the brightest outshine the Sun by a million times. Thanks to new telescopes and observatories, astronomers can better understand the lives and final fates of massive stars. As most massive stars will exchange mass with a companion throughout their lifetime, binary stars have also attracted scientific attention. The EU-funded TEL-STARS project aims to build the essential theoretical framework to help understand massive stars and binaries. Work will shed more light on whether merging accounts for the strong magnetic fields in 10 % of massive stars and magnetars. Furthermore, studying the asteroseismic properties of mergers could reveal more details about this intricate phase. Finally, the project will investigate how binary mass exchange affects pre-supernova structures and massive star explosions.
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