Magnetic stars could have created LIGO’s massive black holes

Strong magnetic field prevents mass from fleeing, computer simulations show

Magnetic stars

ATTRACTIVE PAIR  Magnetic stars (illustrated) could help create massive black holes. This is a visualization of a pair of such stars discovered in 2015. Yellow lines trace the magnetic field, and color shows north (red) and south (blue) magnetic poles.

 

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