The Atmosphere of Betelgeuse

This is the first direct image of a star other than the Sun, made with the Hubble Space Telescope. Called Alpha Orionis, or Betelgeuse, it is a red supergiant star marking the shoulder of the winter constellation Orion the Hunter (diagram at right).


Andrea Dupree (Harvard-Smithsonian CfA), Ronald Gilliland (STScI), NASA and ESA

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Release date:10 December 1996, 06:00
Size:2761 x 2025 px

About the Object

Name:Alpha Orionis, Betelgeuse
Type:• Milky Way : Star : Evolutionary Stage : Red Supergiant
Distance:650 light years

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Ultraviolet Hubble Space Telescope

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