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Stellar Bow Shock

I n some x-ray binary systems matter is transferred from one star to the other via the donor star's stellar wind. The stellar wind, like the Sun's solar wind, is a steady stream of particles that blasts away from the star's surface and out into space. But when another star is present – in this case a neutron star – the latter captures some of the wind material. The gas forms a bow shock around the compact star, somewhat like the wake of a boat in water.

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Name: Stellar Bow Shock

Category: Stars & Nebulae, Exoplanets

Medium: Vue, Photoshop

Date: 2000

Client: Red Lemon Press

Tags: HMXB accretion binary star black hole blue giant landscape neutron star star stellar wind x-ray binary