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Stock Illustration of cataclysmic binary stars, artwork
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impression of a cataclysmic binary, in which a red dwarf (bottom) is in orbit around a white dwarf. the proximity of the two stars allows the white dwarf's gravity to gradually peel off the atmosphere of its companion. the stolen gas swirls around the white dwarf to form a vast glowing pancake of gas called an accretion disc (top). cataclysmic binary stars. artwork of a red dwarf (orange, lower right) orbiting around a white dwarf (white, upper left). the white dwarf's powerful gravitational force is pulling atmospheric matter away from the red dwarf. the extracted gases are seen swirling around the white dwarf to form a glowing plate called an accretion disc (red).

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accretion disc artwork astronomical astronomy astrophysical astrophysics atmosphere binary cataclysm cataclysmic binary star cataclysmic variable duo extracting extraction gas gases gravitational forces gravity illustration matter orbit orbiting pair pulling red dwarf space star stars stellar system two white dwarf

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