Omicron Ceti

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.

Credit:

Margarita Karovska (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics), and NASA/ESA

About the Image

NASA press release
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Id:opo9726d
Release date:6 August 1997, 06:00
Size:502 x 502 px

About the Object

Name:IRAS 02168-0312, Mira A, Omicron Ceti
Type:• X - Stars Images/Videos


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