Symbotic Star R-Aquarii
Date: 03 October 1990
Satellite: Hubble Space Telescope
Depicts: R Aquarii, IRAS 23412-1533
Copyright: NASA and ESA
This is the first picture taken by HST of a recent nova, the star system R-Aquarii. The two dark knots at the center of the image probably contain the binary star system itself, which consists of a red giant and white dwarf star. The knots are dark due to saturation effects produced by the FOC detector when it observes very bright objects.
Last Update: 1 September 2019