Cataclysmic Variable Star (artist's impression)

This is an illustration of a class of double star called a cataclysmic variable. The system consists of a white dwarf star - a dense, burned-out star that has collapsed to the size of Earth and a companion that is a normal star, similar to but smaller than the Sun.

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STScI

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo9523a
Type:Artwork
Release date:22 May 1995, 06:00
Size:800 x 525 px

About the Object

Name:Cataclysmic variable
Type:• Unspecified : Star : Evolutionary Stage : White Dwarf
• Unspecified : Star : Grouping : Binary
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