Loading 3D model
You are seeing a 360° image instead.
Connection error. Please try again.
Sorry, the model can't be displayed.
Please check out our FAQ to learn how to fix this issue.
It looks like your browser or this site is blocking some scripts or cookies necessary to properly display the viewer.
Or visit the Help Center for more information:
The recurrent nova V745 Scorpii 3D Model
A nova is a star that suddenly increases its light by orders of magnitudes and then fades away to its former luminosity in a few months. The phenomenon is due to a violent explosion which ejects stellar material into the interstellar medium. V745 in the constellation of Scorpius is a binary system composed by a red supergiant and a white dwarf. Its latest nova outburst has been observed on 2014 February 6. The model shows the outcome about 17 days after the explosion. The blue volume represents an equatorial density enhancement around the binary system; the orange transparent surface represents the blast wave. The material ejected during the outburst is marked in yellow-orange. The red supergiant is visible at the center of the scene; the white dwarf (where the explosion occurs) is too small to be visible. The model is the result of a simulation performed with FLASH, a parallel code for astrophysical plasmas. Reference: Orlando et al. 2017, MNRAS 464, 5003. Credits: INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Palermo.