Zooming into the red giant star R Sculptoris

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This video sequence starts with a view of the rather faint constellations of Sculptor (The Sculptor) and Cetus (The Sea Monster). As we zoom in we see a few faint galaxies but close in on a star that looks very red. This is the old red giant variable star R Sculptoris. Observations using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have revealed an unexpected spiral structure in the material around this star.

Credit:

ESO/A. Fujii/Digitized Sky Survey 2

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About the Video

Id:eso1239c
Release date:10 October 2012, 19:00
Related releases:eso1239
Duration:56s

About the Object

Name:R Sculptoris
Type:• Milky Way : Star : Evolutionary Stage : Red Giant
• X - Stars

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