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T Leporis

This Mira-variable red giant pulsates with a period of 380 days, losing about the mass of Earth with each pulsation. Surrounding it, the giant already built several atmospheric layers consisting of molecular gas and dust.

This near-infrared image is one of the sharpest images of a star so far.

Constellation: Lepus
Distance: 500 light-years
Spectral class: M62
Visual magnitude: 9.94
Mass: 100 * Sun

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    T Leporis
Image made with the Very Large Telescope Interferometer.
Photo: ESO/J.-B. Le Bouquin et al.

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