ALMA’s image of a red giant star gives a surprising glimpse of the sun’s future

A Chalmers-led team of astronomers has for the first time observed details on the surface of an aging star with the same mass as the sun. ALMA’s images show that the star is a giant, its diameter twice the size of Earth’s orbit around the sun; they report that the star’s atmosphere is affected by powerful, unexpected shock waves. The research was published in Nature Astronomy.

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