Artist’s impression of the exotic binary star system AR Scorpii

This artist’s impression shows the strange object AR Scorpii. In this unique double star a rapidly spinning white dwarf star (right) powers electrons up to almost the speed of light. These high energy particles release blasts of radiation that lash the companion red dwarf star (left) and cause the entire system to pulse dramatically every 1.97 minutes with radiation ranging from the ultraviolet to radio.

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M. Garlick/University of Warwick/ESO

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Auðkenni:eso1627a
Tegund:Uppdráttur
Útgáfudagur:Júl 27, 2016, 19:00 CEST
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Nafn:AR Scorpii
Tegund:Milky Way : Star : Grouping : Binary
Flokkur:Illustrations

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