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ESO Science Release eso1148: Vampire Star Reveals its Secrets. Astronomers have obtained the best images ever of a star that has lost most of its material to a vampire companion. By combining the light captured by four telescopes at ESO’s Paranal Observatory they created a virtual telescope 130 metres ...

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7 December 2011

Astronomers have obtained the best images ever of a star that has lost most of its material to a vampire companion. By combining the light captured by four telescopes at ESO’s Paranal Observatory they created a virtual telescope 130 metres across with vision 50 times sharper than the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. Surprisingly, the new results show that the transfer of mass from one star to the other in this double system is gentler than expected.

The release, images and videos are available on:
http://www.eso.org/public/news/eso1148/

Translations are available in: Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese/Brazil, Portuguese/Portugal, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Ukrainian

Space Scoop - the children's version of this release is available at: http://www.eso.org/public/news/eso1148/kids/

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The ESO Education and Public Outreach Department
7 December 2011




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