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    Starlight Could Break Up Asteroids

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    Electromagnetic radiation emitted from stars as they collapse might provide enough power to destroy asteroids, a research team believes.

    A new study out of the University of Warwick’s Department of Physics, published in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, details how scientists analyzed the number of successive asteroid breakup events. Electromagnetic radiation emitted from stars just before they collapse into white dwarfs is believed to be strong enough to spin distant asteroids at high speed until they tear themselves apart.

    The authors of the study concluded that all asteroids, saving the smallest and most distant, would be disintegrated in one million years.

    Stars such as the sun have a phase…

    Feb, 13 2020 |

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