Unfortunately for Antares, it is entering the final phase of it's life span before it becomes a full blown supernova.
The star will eventually lose it's mass, a phenomena that has remained a mystery to scientists. There are hopes to learn more about this decaying process by measuring the gas motions emitted from the star.
Keiichi Ohnaka, who is the first author of the paper on the star, is quoted by the Guardianas saying:
How stars like Antares lose mass so quickly in the final phase of their evolution has been a problem for over half a century.
The VLTI is the only facility that can directly measure the gas motions in the extended atmosphere of Antares – a crucial step towards clarifying this problem.
The next challenge is to identify what’s driving the turbulent motions.
This turbulence is an unexpected discovery and it remains to be seen what further research will conclude.
Meanwhile, we'll just enjoy the astonishing pictures.