red dwarf

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[DIGEST: CNN, NASA, Christian Science Monitor, Wired]

1.2 billion light years away, a star died. As the star’s core collapsed, it sent off visible shockwaves or “shock breakouts.” The shockwaves lasted only 20 minutes, but NASA’s Kepler space telescope managed to capture them, providing proof—for the first time—that certain stars produce these brilliant flashes of light upon their demise.

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