at the 90th Annual Meeting of the AAVSO, November 3, 2001
Imagine a class of star that
is entirely made up of quarks, the most stable form of matter known. These
“Strange Stars” would be very peculiar and could be the source behind soft
gamma ray repeaters, pulsars, gamma-ray bursts, and may be confused with
neutron stars and black holes. Intriguing as it may sound, empirical evidence for
these stars is slim. The interesting characteristics of these theoretical stars
is discussed along with pros and cons about their existence.