The masses of these so-called Wolf-Rayet stars are up to 250 times the mass of the Sun.
What does WR stand for?
WR stands for Wolf-Rayet Star
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The more common type of gamma-ray burst is thought to be caused when a Wolf-Rayet star in the final phase of its evolution collapses into a black hole at its own core.
Reports from star surveys update the search for Wolf-Rayet stars, O stars, galactic star clusters, massive star nebulae, and luminous blue variable stars.
The new data show that the black hole and the Wolf-Rayet star dance around each other in a diabolic waltz, with a period of about 32 hours.
Checking novae, supernovae, eclipsing binaries, Wolf-Rayet stars and re-classification of bright red variables are areas being followed, and pro-am initiatives involve development of a database of spectra (not only of variable stars), and support of professional observing campaigns.
Other topics include heating hot atmospheres with active galactic nuclei, the physical properties of Wolf-Rayet stars, the physics and chemistry of cold dark clouds, the statistical properties of exoplanets, and relativistic X-ray lines from the inner accretion disks around black holes.
328) states that star BAT99-2 "is the hottest Wolf-Rayet star known, with a surface temperature of 120,000 kelvins.
In just 100,000 years, this fast, dense wind removes as much mass from the Wolf-Rayet star as our Sun contains," said Robin Corbet at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.