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August 6, 1997 12:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-1997-26

Hubble Separates Stars in the Mira Binary System

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Image: Red Giant Star Mira and Its Companion

Red Giant Star Mira and Its Companion

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This is a NASA Hubble Space Telescope image of the cool red giant star Mira A (right), officially called Omicron Ceti in the constellation Cetus, and its nearby hot companion (left) taken on December 11, 1995 in visible light using the European Space Agency's Faint Object Camera (FOC). The stars in this false-color picture are separated by an angular size of only 0.6 arcseconds (equal to 70 times the distance between Earth and the Sun), but clearly resolved by the FOC. Image reconstruction techniques have been used to further enhance the details in the Mira images.

Object Names: Mira A, Omicron Ceti

Image Type: Astronomical

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

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