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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's Football Shape

Red Giant Star Mira's Football Shape

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Hubble's visible-light image of the disk of Mira reveals it has an odd, asymmetrical shape resembling a football. This may be tied to dramatic changes occurring during its expansion-contraction cycles, or to the presence of unresolved spots on its surface. Hubble measurements show the red giant star is 700 times larger than our Sun.

Object Names: Mira A, Omicron Ceti

Image Type: Astronomical

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

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Montage Image: The Mira Binary System: A Red Giant Star and Its Hot Companion Image Type: Astronomical/Annotated The Mira Binary System: A Red Giant Star and Its Hot CompanionPRC1997-26 Red Giant Star Mira and Its Companion Image Type: Astronomical Red Giant Star Mira and Its Companion Red Giant Star Mira Image Type: Astronomical Red Giant Star Mira

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