This is what it’s like when stellar winds collide.
An international team of researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Radioastronomy has captured the sharpest, clearest image of the Eta Carinae star system. Here, some 7,500 light-years away, two massive stars orbit each other while producing stellar winds that reach velocities over 6 million miles per hour. In the space between the two stars in this binary system, the opposing winds violently collide.
Until now, astronomers couldn’