Watch: Simulations of Stellar Geysers from Luminous Blue Variable Stars

Massive outbursts from stellar giants known as luminous blue variables have puzzled scientists. New 3-D simulations hint at a mechanism

For more information, read Elusive Origin of Stellar Geysers Revealed by 3-D Simulations.

The journal article is “Luminous Blue Variable Outbursts from the Variations of Helium Opacity,” by Yan-Fei Jiang, Matteo Cantiello, Lars Bildsten, Eliot Quataert, Omer Blaes and James Stone. Nature, September 27, 2018. Cantiello is a member of the Flatiron Institute’s Center for Computational Astrophysics.

Visualizations by Joseph A. Insley, Argonne National Laboratory.

Images of Eta Carinae system by European Space Observatory and NASA.

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