Wednesday , December 8 2021

They capture two stars crash somewhere in the universe


In the universe, powers beyond human understanding face every day in events such as violent as they are fascinating. Only occasionally, science has the ability to capture some of them, as when they were recently caught two black holes interact, and now they could get a picture of two stars crashes.

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It was achieved by the sophisticated SPHERE instrument installed in the very large telescopic project (VLT) of the European Southern Observatory (ESO) located in the Atacama Desert in Chile, one of the most privileged observation sites on earth due to its clarity and absence. of moisture.

The image comes from the binary system R Aquarii, 650 light years from our planet. Years of observation have discovered the strange story behind this spatial space, visible in the middle of the image: the biggest of the two stars, the red giant, is a type of star known as a Mira variable.

"Although most binary stars are limited to dancing elegantly because of gravity, the relationship between the stars of R Aquarii is much less quiet. Despite its dimensional size, less of the two stars of this pair steal constant material from its dying companion, a red giant, explains ESO in a statement.

According to experts, what we can see in the picture is plasma and thermonuclear explosions. "In fact, this great star's plight is already shocking, but the influence of the white dwarf companion stars transforms this fascinating astronomical situation into a sinful cosmic spectacle," said the statement.

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