The formation of blue stragglers
This illustration demonstrates the two ways that blue stragglers in star clusters form.
The illustration on the left shows the collision model where two low-mass stars in an overcrowded environment experience a head-on collision, combining their fuel and mass to form a single hot star.
The illustration on the right depicts the "vampire" model consisting of a pair of stars that undergo a transformation, with the lower-mass star draining its larger-mass companion of the hydrogen that fuels its rebirth.
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