Weird star research continues at the Vatican Observatory

Stars might not come to mind at the sight of the word “barium”. Something unpleasant might. Barium, a metallic chemical element whose atoms contain 56 protons in their nuclei, has many uses. One use involves X-ray images of the gastrointestinal tract—hence, “something unpleasant”. Fr. Chris Corbally, S.J., an astronomer at the Vatican Observatory, is studying something both pleasant and weird involving barium—a barium star. This past October, Corbally and a group of twenty-eight other astronomers published the paper “TU Tau B: The Peculiar ‘Eclipse’ of a Possible Proto-barium Giant” in The Astronomical Journal. Astronomers classify stars by their light, especially…...

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