Today’s NASA Image oF the Day

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From NASA’s Image Of The Day

About 1,600 light-years away, in a binary star system fondly known as J0806, two dense white dwarf stars orbit each other once every 321 seconds. Based on data from the Chandra X-Ray Observatory, astronomers believe that the stars’ already impressively short orbital period is steadily becoming shorter. Because of this, the two stars are destined to merge.

Depicted in this artist’s vision, the death spiral of the remarkable J0806 system is a consequence of Einstein’s theory of General Relativity that predicts the white dwarf stars will lose their orbital energy by generating gravity waves. In fact, J0806 could be one of the brightest sources of gravitational waves in our galaxy, directly detectable by future space-based gravity wave instruments.

So, not a ‘real’ picture, but still cool as shit anyways.


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    LordOpie

    Fuckin’ Einstein. Always causing trouble

    iddqd

    Don’t diss Einstein. He made the A-bomb. Asshole!

    Phall3nPutz

    He worked in a “Patent” office. I don’t think “he” made shit.