Slicing through a 3D ALMA view of the material around the red giant star R Sculptoris

Observations using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have revealed an unexpected spiral structure in the material around the old star R Sculptoris. This spiral is probably caused by a hidden companion star orbiting the star. This new ALMA video shows a series of slices through the data, each taken at a slightly different frequency. These reveal the shell around the star, appearing as a circular ring, that seems to gets bigger and then smaller, as well as a clear spiral structure in the inner material that it best seen about half-way through the video sequence.

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ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)/M. Maercker et al./L. Calçada (ESO)

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ID:eso1239a
Дата выпуска релиза [date]:10 октября 2012 г. 19:00
Связанные релизы:eso1239
Продолжительность:41 s
Frame rate:30 fps

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Название:R Sculptoris
Тип:Milky Way : Star : Evolutionary Stage : Red Giant
Категория:Stars

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