High sodium content cuts short stellar life

Astrophysicists from Monash University have found that stars with a high sodium content die before reaching their final life stages.

The discovery was made by observing the NGC 6752 star cluster, located 13,000 light years away, and found that 70% of stars observed had a high-sodium content and failed to reach the final red giant phase.

It was previously thought that all low-mass stars, including the sun, would progress to this final red giant phase.

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