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Video: Artist’s impression video of the exotic binary star system AR Scorpii

By SpaceRef Editor
January 2, 2017
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This artist’s impression video shows the strange object AR Scorpii. In this unique double star a rapidly spinning white dwarf star powers electrons up to almost the speed of light. These high energy particles release blasts of radiation that lash the companion red dwarf star and cause the entire system to pulse dramatically every 1.97 minutes with radiation ranging from the ultraviolet to radio.


ESO/L. Calçada/University of Warwick

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