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Electric Current in a Close Binary Star

  1. Mar 9, 2010 #1
    http://www.physorg.com/news187288162.html

    This article mentioned interesting gravity waves from these close together binarys. It also mentioned a plume of matter jetting from one star to the other.

    I know very little about astronomy so forgive how naive this may sound.
    So my question is:
    What about the electric current between these two objects?



    The picture shows a plume of matter jetting from one of the binarys to the other. Would a massive electric charge be running up and down this plume? I mean truly cataclysmic looking lightning (although I don't think there is lightning without an atsmosphere.) However there would be star dust and gas to arc I would think. Would this binary act like a gigantic generator?


    Can anyone explain what is happening electrically in a close together binary star such as this where it appears they actually share matter with eachother?
     
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