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Omicron Ceti

Omicron Ceti

Depicts: Mira A, Omicron Ceti, IRAS 02168-0312
Copyright: Margarita Karovska (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics), and NASA

In UV light, Hubble resolves a small hook-like appendage extending from Mira, in the direction of the companion that could be material from Mira being gravitationally drawn toward the smaller star.

Alternately, it could be that material in Mira's upper atmosphere is being heated due to the companion's presence.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
29-Sep-2022 15:06 UT

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