Thursday, June 29, 2006

Two stars

Mia's Hebrew name is Mira and we discovered this lovely coincidence today: "Mira (ο Cet / ο Ceti / Omicron Ceti) is a red giant star approximetaly 418 light-years away in the constellation Cetus. Mira is a binary star, Mira A being the giant, along with Mira B, a white dwarf. Mira A is also an oscillating variable star and was the first non-supernova variable star discovered, with the possible exception of Algol... The companion star was resolved by the Hubble Space Telescope in 1995, when it was 70 astronomical units from the primary; results were announced in 1997.

The HST ultraviolet images and later X-ray images by the Chandra space telescope show a spiral of gas rising off Mira in the direction of Mira B."

More from Wikipedia on Mira

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