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Animation of a Cataclysmic Binary
... somewhat smaller, cooler and fainter than the Sun. It is in orbit around a much smaller, very dense companion star called a white dwarf. White dwarfs contain as much material as a star like the Sun, yet they are comparable in size to the planet Eart ...
Keywords: cataclysmic, accretion, accretion disc, red dwarf, white dwarf, star, binary sta...

Cataclysm VI
A cataclysmic binary is a close-binary star system consisting of red dwarf (bottom) in orbit around a white dwarf. The proximity of the latter and its powerful gravity distorts the red dwarf. It gas flows away from it and plunges towards and around t...
Keywords: cataclysmic, accretion, accretion disc, red dwarf, white dwarf, star, binary sta...

Intermediate Polar
This 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 ...
Keywords: cataclysmic, accretion, accretion disc, red dwarf, white dwarf, star, binary sta...

Magnetic Accretion
This is an impression of a polar or an AM Herculis binary. It is a type of cataclysmic variable related to the system seen in Intermediate Polar. A red dwarf (bottom) loses material to a compact white dwarf (top right) with a very strong magnetic fie...
Keywords: cataclysmic, accretion, red dwarf, white dwarf, star, binary, magnetic, binary s...

SDSS 1212
Like Magnetic Accretion, this is an illustration of a type of cataclysmic binary called a polar. However, this is a polar with a difference, for there is a sub-stellar object called a brown dwarf (left) in orbit around the magnetic white dwarf (right...
Keywords: polar, cataclysmic, accretion, brown dwarf, white dwarf, star, magnetic...

Stars Compared
Stars come in many sizes and colours, as this diagram for my ...
Keywords: star, red giant, blue giant, white dwarf, red dwarf, Sun, Proxima...

Sun Eater
This was a commission for the November 2002 Scientific American. They wanted me to illustrate what would happen if a white dwarf, tiny and dense, collided with our Sun. As the white dwarf approaches, its tidal pull on the Sun stretches the latter int...
Keywords: Sun, white dwarf, collision...

The Quiet Death
It is the far future, perhaps 8 billion years from now, and the Sun is facing a quiet death. All that remains is a tiny glowing ember called a white dwarf. At first the star will be fairly luminous by virtue of its temperature. But as it cools down i...
Keywords: Earth, white dwarf, Sun, landscape, future, surface...

Cataclysm VIIa
An impression of a cataclysmic binary / variable, showing the accretion disc nearly edge on....
Keywords: cataclysmic, accretion, accretion disc, red dwarf, white dwarf, star, binary sta...

Cataclysmic Dawn
This is the same kind of binary star system (a cataclysmic variable) as depicted Cataclysm III and VI this time seen from a cave on a purely hypothetical, watery and rocky planet. Admittedly, though, such a situation is highly unlikely to exist in re...
Keywords: cataclysmic, accretion, accretion disc, red dwarf, white dwarf, star, binary sta...

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