Amateur astronomers help discover incredible teardrop-shaped star

Amateur astronomers help discover incredible teardrop-shaped star

by James Rogers, Fox News

After a 40-year search, astronomers have spotted a first-of-its-kind star that pulsates on just one side.

Amateur astronomers played an important role in the discovery by trawling through data from NASA’s planet-hunting Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS).

The “one-sided pulsator” was spotted in the Milky Way about 1,500 light-years from Earth, according to researchers. A light-year, which measures distance in space, equals about 6 trillion miles.

The star, which is known as HD74423, is about 1.7 times the mass of the Sun.

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