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HD 23514

This yellow star is part of the Pleiades and is a bit larger as our Sun. It is coated by an enormous dense dust layer, which is unusual for a star of this already advanced age. It is suspected that here a collision of two planets occured, similar to that when long time ago a Mars-sized body crashed into Earth and such formed our Moon.

Constellation: Taurus
Age: 100 - 400 million years
Distance: 400 light-years
Spectral class: G0
Visual magnitude: 9.47
Luminosity: > 1 * Sun
Mass: > 1 * Sun
Diameter: > 1 * Sun

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11/16/2007

    HD 23514
Graphic: Artwork by Lynette R. Cook, for Gemini Observatory

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