A plume on Betelgeuse (artist’s impression with annotations)

This artist’s impression shows the supergiant star Betelgeuse as it was revealed thanks to different state-of-the-art techniques on ESO’s Very Large Telescope, which allowed two independent teams of astronomers to obtain the sharpest ever views of the supergiant star Betelgeuse. They show that the star has a vast plume of gas almost as large as our Solar System and a gigantic bubble boiling on its surface. These discoveries provide important clues to help explain how these mammoths shed material at such a tremendous rate. The scale in units of the radius of Betelgeuse as well as a comparison with the Solar System is also provided.

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ESO/L. Calçada

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ID:eso0927d
Тип:Художественное
Дата выпуска релиза [date]:29 июля 2009 г.
Связанные релизы:eso0927
Размер:2662 x 4000 px

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Название:Betelgeuse
Тип:Milky Way : Star : Evolutionary Stage : Red Supergiant
Категория:Illustrations
Stars

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