News tagged with stellar wind

Shot away from its companion, giant star makes waves

(—Like a ship plowing through still waters, the giant star Zeta Ophiuchi is speeding through space, making waves in the dust ahead. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has captured a dramatic, infrared portrait of these ...

dateDec 19, 2012 in Astronomy
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A cosmic holiday ornament, Hubble-style

(—'Tis the season for holiday decorating and tree-trimming. Not to be left out, astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have photographed a festive-looking nearby planetary nebula called NGC 5189. The intricate ...

dateDec 18, 2012 in Astronomy
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Abell 30: X-rays from a Reborn Planetary Nebula

(—These images of the planetary nebula Abell 30, (a.k.a. A30), show one of the clearest views ever obtained of a special phase of evolution for these objects. The inset image on the right is a close-up view of ...

dateNov 15, 2012 in Astronomy
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Fire burn and cauldron bubble in Canis Major

The cosmic cauldron has brewed up a Halloween trick in the form of a ghostly face that glows in X-rays, as seen by ESA's XMM-Newton space telescope. The eerie entity is a bubble bursting with the fiery stellar wind of a 'live ...

dateOct 30, 2012 in Astronomy
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X-raying stellar winds in a high-speed collision

(—Two massive stars racing in orbit around each other have had their colliding stellar winds X-rayed for the first time, thanks to the combined efforts of ESA's XMM-Newton and NASA's Swift space telescopes.

dateOct 12, 2012 in Astronomy
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The magnetic wakes of pulsar planets

Pulsars are among the most extreme stars in the universe: dense balls of matter which are heavier than the Sun, yet only a few tens of kilometers in diameter. They rotate rapidly (up to several hundred revolutions per second) ...

dateOct 08, 2012 in Astronomy
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