In keeping with the Halloween theme, today we showcase two “monster” stars kissing as they head to their doom. Luís Calçada‘s rendering of this kiss gives us two beautiful blue fire ball stars with lots of swirls very similar to Van Gogh’s Starry Night painting.
Per ESO’s web site about this “kiss” they state:
Using ESO’s Very Large Telescope, an international team of astronomers have found the hottest and most massive double star with components so close that they touch each other. The two stars in the extreme system VFTS 352 could be heading for a dramatic end, during which the two stars either coalesce to create a single giant star, or form a binary black hole.
Today’s MotD is brought to you by science AND art, demonstrating yet again that art & design play an important role in our education and needs to be added to STEM. (see STEM->STEAM) Without the art/artist, today’s image would probably have been just a simple line drawing of two circles slightly overlapping.