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T Pyxidis

T Pyxidis is a narrow double star where one partner is a white dwarf. It is the most famous representative of a recurrent nova and erupts irregularly about every 19 years or so.

Constellation: Pyxis
Distance: 6000 light-years
Visual magnitude: 14 normal, about 7 as nova

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    T Pyxidis
The remnants of former eruptions surround the star.
Photo: M. Shara, R. Williams, (STScI), R. Gilmozzi (ESO), NASA

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