Hubble Telescope Snaps Trippy New View of Two Swirling Galaxies

NASA's flying telescope SOFIA has been watching a dance between two stars orbiting each other as they approach the moment of eclipse

SOFIA has observed the binary star R Aquarii, located in the constellation Aquarius some 720 light-years away from Earth

It is observing since 2018, when the smaller of the two stars in the  system started eclipsing the brighter star from the perspective of Earth

Astronomers believe that the smaller of the two stars is a white dwarf, a dim, cooling remnant of a star that has run out of fuel

 The brighter of the two stars in the R Aquarii binary is a type of pulsating star called a Mira variable, which dims and brightens over a relatively long period of time of 387 Earth days

 As SOFIA turned its gaze to R Aquarii, the binary star was not only going through the eclipse but also nearing its periastron the moment when the two bodies are at their shortest distance from each other

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