Slicing through a 3D ALMA view of the material around the red giant star R Sculptoris

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Observations using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have revealed an unexpected spiral structure in the material around the old star R Sculptoris. This spiral is probably caused by a hidden companion star orbiting the star. This new ALMA video shows a series of slices through the data, each taken at a slightly different frequency. These reveal the shell around the star, appearing as a circular ring, that seems to gets bigger and then smaller, as well as a clear spiral structure in the inner material that it best seen about half-way through the video sequence.

Credit:

ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)/M. Maercker et al./L. Calçada (ESO)

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About the Video

Id:eso1239a
Release date:10 October 2012, 19:00
Related releases:eso1239
Duration:41s

About the Object

Name:R Sculptoris
Type:• Milky Way : Star : Evolutionary Stage : Red Giant
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