Stars & Nebulae > Intermediate Polar (2002)

Intermediate Polar

T his picture shows a magnetic cataclysmic variable called an intermediate polar. The white dwarf and its magnetic field are spinning around very quickly where the centre of the accretion disc would be, removing its central regions. In its place is a 'curtain' of gas, accreting from the inner edge of the disc and flowing onto the magnetic poles of the white dwarf.

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Name: Intermediate Polar

Category: Stars & Nebulae

Medium: Photoshop

Date: 2002

Client: Personal

Tags: accretion accretion disc binary star cataclysmic magnetic red dwarf star white dwarf