Astronomy Picture of the day (24 August)

Explosions from White Dwarf Star RS OphIllustration Credit & Copyright: David A. Hardy & PPARC Explanation: Spectacular explosions keep occurring in the binary star system named RS Ophiuchi. Every 20 years or so, the red giant star dumps enough hydrogen gas onto its companion white dwarf star to set off a brilliant thermonuclear explosion on the white dwarf‘s surface. At about 5,000 light years distant, the resulting nova explosions cause the RS … Read more