Artist’s animation of a micronova

This video shows an animation of a micronova explosion. The blue disc swirling around the bright white dwarf in the centre of the image is made up of material, mostly hydrogen, stolen from its companion star. Towards the centre of the disc, the white dwarf uses its strong magnetic fields to funnel the hydrogen towards its poles. As the material falls on the hot surface of the star, it triggers a micronova explosion, contained by the magnetic fields at one of the white dwarf’s poles.


ESO/L. Calçada, M. Kornmesser

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Release date:20 April 2022, 17:00
Related releases:eso2207
Duration:21 s
Frame rate:25 fps

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Type:Unspecified : Star

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