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The Be Star Alpha Arae (Artist's Impression)

Artist's impression of the Be star Alpha Arae. The star is rotating with a velocity close to its break-up velocity and loses mass through a stellar wind emerging predominantly from the poles and reaching velocities of the order of 2000 km/s. The star is surrounded by a disc in Keplerian rotation.

Credit:

ESO/Anthony Meilland (Observatoire de la Côte d''Azur, France)

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About the Image

Id:eso0635a
Type:Artwork
Release date:20 September 2006
Related releases:eso0635
Size:2369 x 2147 px

About the Object

Name:Alpha Arae
Type:• Milky Way : Star : Type : Variable
• X - Stars
• X - Illustrations
Distance:250 light years

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