A vampiric star

This animation shows the artist’s impression of a vampiric star. The two stars in this binary system are extremely different: A tiny white dwarf and a gigantic red giant star. The latter is expelling its outer layers into space where the white dwarf is siphoning this material into a disc of material surrounding it. The material then spirals down from this disc onto the white dwarf.


ESO/M. Kornmesser

About the Video

Release date:12 December 2018, 14:00
Related releases:eso1840
Duration:16 s
Frame rate:30 fps

About the Object

Name:R Aquarii
Type:Milky Way : Star : Type : Variable



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