Red Giant Star Mira

Red Giant Star Mira

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News release ID: STScI-1997-26
Release Date: Aug 6, 1997
Image Use: Copyright
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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.

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Credit: Margarita Karovska (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics) and NASA