Symbiotic star blows bubbles into space

Panel 1: A pulsating red giant star and a compact, hot white dwarf star orbit each other.

Panel 2: The red giant sheds much of its outer layers in a stellar wind. The white dwarf helps concentrate the wind along a thin equatorial plane. The white dwarf accretes some of this escaping gas forming a disk around the itself.



About the Image

NASA press release
Release date:24 August 1999, 15:00
Size:515 x 573 px

About the Object

Name:Symbiotic star
Type:Unspecified : Star : Evolutionary Stage : Red Giant
Unspecified : Star : Evolutionary Stage : White Dwarf
Unspecified : Star : Grouping : Binary

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