Artist's impression of radioactive molecules in CK Vulpeculae

Image of CK Vulpeculae, the remains of a double-star collision. This impact launched radioactive molecules into space, as indicated in this artist's impression, which gives a very close-up view of what these molecules look like . The background image was created from a combination of visible-light images from the Gemini telescope (blue), a submillimetre map showing the dust from the SMA (yellow) and finally a map of the molecular emission from APEX and the SMA (red).

Credit:

ESO/L. Calçada

About the Image

Id:eso1826c
Type:Collage
Release date:30 July 2018, 17:00
Related releases:eso1826
Size:3000 x 3000 px

About the Object

Name:CK Vulpeculae
Type:Milky Way : Star : Type : Variable : Nova
Category:Stars

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