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Rare 'once-in-a-lifetime' cosmic explosion could be seen
manuchandelDate: Thursday, 20-June-2024, 7:56 AM | Message # 1
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Rare 'once-in-a-lifetime' cosmic explosion could be seen from Earth | WION Originals

A red giant star and white dwarf orbit each other in this animation of a nova similar to T Coronae Borealis. The red giant is a large sphere in shades of red, orange, and white, with the side facing the white dwarf the lightest shades. The white dwarf is hidden in a bright glow of white and yellows, which represent an accretion disk around the star. A stream of material, shown as a diffuse cloud of red, flows from the red giant to the white dwarf. When the red giant moves behind the white dwarf, a nova explosion on the white dwarf ignites, creating a ball of ejected nova material shown in pale orange. After the fog of material clears, a small white spot remains, indicating that the white dwarf has survived the explosion.
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