Labelled overview of the Hyades star cluster (ground-based image)

This image shows the region around the Hyades star cluster, the nearest open cluster to us. The Hyades cluster is very well-studied due to its location, but previous searches for planets have produced only one. A new study led by Jay Farihi of the University of Cambridge, UK, has now found the atmospheres of two burnt-out stars in this cluster — known as white dwarfs — to be “polluted” by rocky debris circling the star.

Inset, the locations of these white dwarf stars are indicated — stars known as WD 0421+162, and WD 0431+126.

Credit:

NASA, ESA, STScI, and Z. Levay (STScI)

 

About the Image

Id:heic1309b
Type:Collage
Release date:9 May 2013, 16:00
Related releases:heic1309
Size:6334 x 4937 px

About the Object

Name:Hyades, WD0421+162, WD0431+126
Type:Milky Way : Star : Evolutionary Stage : White Dwarf
Milky Way : Star : Grouping : Cluster : Open
Milky Way : Star : Circumstellar Material : Disk : Debris
Distance:150 light years
Category:Star Clusters
Stars

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