Two distinct sequences of blue straggler stars in the globular cluster M 30
Stars in globular clusters are generally believed to have all formed at the same time, early in the Galaxys history. Blue stragglers are stars massive enough that they should have evolved into white dwarfs long ago. Two possible mechanisms have been proposed for their formation: mass transfer between binary companions and stellar mergers resulting from direct collisions between two stars. Recently the binary explanation was claimed to be dominant. Here we report that there are two distinct...[Show more]
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