Stellar Top: Astronomers find a squashed star

10:58am, June 18, 2003

Think of the sun and other giant balls of gas that twinkle in the heavens. Conventional wisdom has it that all these stars are round. But because stars spin, they're not perfect spheres. The rotation moves material outward more strongly at the equator than at the poles. This nudges the star into a shape reminiscent of that of a toy top.

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