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.


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

Про відео

Дата релізу [date]:10 жовтня 2012 р. 19:00
Пов'язані релізи:eso1239
Тривалість:41 s
Frame rate:30 fps

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Назва:R Sculptoris
Тип:Milky Way : Star : Evolutionary Stage : Red Giant





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