Propeller Star J0240 - V2
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Researchers at the University of Notre Dame have identified the first eclipsing magnetic propeller in a cataclysmic variable star system, according to research forthcoming in the Astrophysical Journal. The system J0240 comprises a highly magnetic white dwarf losing material to a red dwarf companion star. The gas pulled from the red dwarf flows towards the white dwarf in a series of clumps or clouds; which then get deflected away from the system by the rapidly spinning magnetic field of the white dwarf. Systems such as these are also known as intermediate polars or DQ Her stars.

Title: Propeller Star J0240 - V2

Category: Stars & Nebulae

Date: Sep 2021

Client: University of Warwick

Medium: Photoshop

Keywords: accretion Adobe Photoshop astrophysics cataclysmic binary cataclysmic variable DQ Her star gas intermediate polar J0240 magnetic magnetism press release propeller star University of Warwick

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