Anatomy of the debris disc around T Pyxidis

This illustration shows a disc of material ejected by an erupting star called T Pyxidis, otherwise known as T Pyx. T Pyx is a recurrent nova, erupting every 12 to 50 years and ejecting material that has formed the disc around the bright star. The disc is full of clumps of material that have comet-like tails pointing away from the star.



NASA, ESA, and A. Feild (STScI)

About the Image

NASA press release
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Release date:4 June 2013, 18:38
Size:3000 x 2400 px

About the Object

Name:T Pyx, T Pyxidis
Type:Milky Way : Star : Type : Variable : Nova
Distance:15000 light years

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