Spirals in Space

March 4, 2011

I’m working on something spirally, and starry, so here are a couple spirals made by stars:

Space Spiral

The solar wind of twin carbon stars AFGL3068 spiraling out into the universe. There’s a good Discover blog post about them here.

And here’s an artist’s rendering of the twin dwarf stars J0806.

rx0806

They’re spinning around each other at a million miles an hour, orbiting one another completely every 5 and a half minutes. I’m a total romantic about twin stars, and I like to think of these ones as a couple doing a super-fast galactic version of the Lindy Hop.

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