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Cannonball Fire

NASA, ESA, and A. Feild (STScI)
NASA, ESA, and A. Feild (STScI)
A bizarre star system is lobbing out superhot plasma blobs at blazing speeds every 8.5 years. The Hubble Space Telescope located their starting point at a red giant star, which couldn’t be generating them. More likely, an unseen companion swings by closely, gathering material from the red giant and flinging it into space.

Heather Goss is the Departments Editor at Air & Space.

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