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Cepheid Variable Star in Galaxy M100

Cepheid Variable Star in Galaxy M100


Depicts: Cepheid Variable Star
Copyright: Dr. Wendy L. Freedman, Observatories of the Carnegie Institution of Washington, and NASA

This sequence of images taken with the Hubble Space Telescope chronicles the rhythmic changes in a rare class of variable star (located in the center of each image) in the spiral galaxy M100. This class of pulsating star is called a Cepheid Variable. The Cepheid in this Hubble picture doubles in brightness (24.5 to 25.3 apparent magnitude) over a period of 51.3 days.
Last Update: 1 September 2019
28-Oct-2021 13:25 UT

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