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Supergiant Atmosphere of Antares Revealed by ALMA Radio Telescope

18 December, 2020 / Read time: 1 minute

An international team of astronomers has created the most detailed map yet of the atmosphere of the red supergiant star Antares. The unprecedented sensitivity and resolution of both the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) and the National Science Foundation’s Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) revealed the size and temperature of Antares’ atmosphere from just above the star’s surface, throughout its chromosphere, and all the way out to the wind region.

Credits: National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO)