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Inner workings of a star

By borrowing a technique used by seismologists to investigate Earth's interior, astronomers have probed the hitherto-unknown interior rotation profile of a white-dwarf star.

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Figure 1: Cosmic cocoon.



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Yoon, SC. Inner workings of a star. Nature 461, 485–486 (2009).

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