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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