恒星可能有更加黑暗、沉寂的死亡方式

天文学家早已发现高质量恒星可以通过一种既不喷发物质也不放出光线的沉默方式死亡。但是最近一周的《自然杂志》将会发表4篇文章,介绍一种更加沉寂的死亡方式:恒星在仅仅爆发一次伽马射线暴后便崩塌成为黑洞。

Stars meet a darker death (Dec 21)

http://physicsweb.org/article/news/10/12/13

Astronomers may have discovered a new way for massive stars to die that does not involve the ejection of material and light in a violent supernova explosion. Instead, four papers published this week in the journal Nature suggest that some massive stars could die a much darker death, emitting just a burst of gamma rays before collapsing into black holes.