Today you’re going to read about some of the most bizarre stars in existence. The universe is estimated to have about 100 billion galaxies and roughly 100 billion stars are in each galaxy. With so many stars there are bound to be a few oddballs. Many of the brilliant burning balls of gas are fairly similar to each other but some stand apart as bizarre for their size, weight, and behavior. Using advanced telescopes, scientists continue to study these stars to better understand them and the universe, but mysteries still remain. Curious to hear about the strangest stars out there? These are 25 most bizarre stars in the universe.
With a set of two spiral arms spanning 14 million miles across, SAO 206462 is a bizarre and unique star in the universe, indeed. While some galaxies are known to have arms, stars usually don’t. Scientists believe this star is in the process of making planets.
2MASS J0523-1403 is quite possibly the smallest known star in the universe, and it’s only 40 light years away. Because it has such a small size and mass, scientists believe it could live for 12 trillion years.
Heavy Metal Subdwarfs
Recently, astronomers discovered a couple of stars with a high amount of lead in their atmospheres, creating thick and heavy clouds surrounding the stars. They are HE 2359-2844 and HE 1256-2738, both 800 and 1,000 light years away respectively, but you can just call them Heavy Metal Subdwarfs. Scientists are still not sure how they form.
From the moment of their birth, neutron stars lose energy and cool down without stopping. So, it’s unusual that a 100,000-year-old neutron star like RX J1856.5-3754 could be so hot and not show any signs of activity. Scientists posit that interstellar material could be caught in its heavy gravitational field, creating enough energy to heat up the star.
The stellar system KIC 8462852 has come under intense observation and interest by SETI and astronomers for its unusual behavior recently. Occasionally, it dims by 20 percent, which might mean something is orbiting it. Of course, some have jumped to the conclusion it’s aliens, but another explanation is debris from a comet that has come into orbit with the star.