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V390 Velorum

This star is finished with its red giant-phase and has already begun to throw its hull off into space. This formed a dust disk, which stretches from nine to several hundred AU around the star and will form a planetary nebula, a white dwarf will remain.
The star is orbited every 499 days by a partner. This too in enclosed in the dust disk.

Constellation: Vela
Distance: 2600 light-years
Spectral class: F3e
Visual magnitude: 10.48
Luminosity: 5000 * Sun

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09/27/2007

    V390 Velorum
Photo: ESO

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