A star in the shape of a teardrop was discovered by astrophysicists at the University of Warwick earlier this week. The celestial body is part of a two-star system and is located around 1,500 lightyears away from Earth, according to US media reports.
The second star in the rare astronomical phenomenon is a white dwarf, which is in close proximity to the central star and impacts it with a gravitational pull. The attraction force released from the white dwarf causes a distortion in the shape of the star, which has been dubbed as HD265435, giving it the shape of a teardrop.
The subdwarf and the dwarf star are engaged in a set orbit with each other and go around each other at a rate of around 100 rounds per minute, according to reports from Sky News.
However, the star system is likely to not last for long as the pull from the white dwarf is substantially strong and will cause the smaller one of the two to explode and will end up engulfing both, according to reports from Sky News citing research published in the Nature Astronomy journal.
White dwarf stars, which commonly occur around the universe, are evolved versions of full-scaled stars that have fully burnt out their fuel and have collapsed on themselves, with only electron-based matter left behind with the process of fusion missing.
All white dwarf stars meet a similar fate as their evolutionary cycle is limited by the size and masses of the body and fail to transform into either a neutron star or a black hole.
Dr Ingrid Pelisoli, who is a member of the Physics Department at the University of Warwick and the lead author of the study, said, “If the white dwarf accretes enough mass from the hot subdwarf, so as the two of them are orbiting each other and getting closer, matter will start to escape the hot subdwarf and fall on to the white dwarf”, according to reports from Sky News.