A vampiric star

This animation shows the artist’s impression of a vampiric star. The two stars in this binary system are extremely different: A tiny white dwarf and a gigantic red giant star. The latter is expelling its outer layers into space where the white dwarf is siphoning this material into a disc of material surrounding it. The material then spirals down from this disc onto the white dwarf.

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ESO/M. Kornmesser

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Auðkenni:eso1840d
Útgáfudagur:Des 12, 2018, 14:00 CET
Tengdar fréttatilkynningar:eso1840
Tímalengd:16 s
Frame rate:30 fps

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Nafn:R Aquarii
Tegund:Milky Way : Star : Type : Variable
Flokkur:Stars

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