R Aquarii peculiar stellar relationship captured by SPHERE
While testing a new subsystem on the SPHERE planet-hunting instrument on ESO’s Very Large telescope, astronomers were able to capture dramatic details of the turbulent stellar relationship in the binary star R Aquarii with unprecedented clarity — even compared to observations from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.
This image is from the SPHERE/ZIMPOL observations of R Aquarii, and shows the binary star itself, as well as the jets of material spewing from the stellar couple.Credit:
ESO/Schmid et al.
About the Image
|Release date:||12 December 2018, 14:00|
|Size:||1890 x 1890 px|
About the Object
|Position (RA):||23 43 49.51|
|Position (Dec):||-15° 17' 4.72"|
|Field of view:||0.06 x 0.06 arcminutes|
|Orientation:||North is 2.1° left of vertical|