Zooming in on R Aquarii

This zoom video starts with a wide view of the Milky Way and ends with a close-up look at the chaotic and fascinating binary star system R Aquarii.

The image shown in this final image of this video is data from the SPHERE/ZIMPOL instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT), and shows the binary star itself, as well as the jets of material spewing from the interacting stellar couple.


ESO, Digitized Sky Survey 2, ESA/Hubble, Nick Risinger (skysurvey.org). Music: astral electronic

About the Video

Release date:12 December 2018, 14:00
Related releases:eso1840
Duration:50 s
Frame rate:30 fps

About the Object

Name:R Aquarii
Type:Unspecified : Star : Type : Variable

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