T Pyxidis recurrent nova, 2011

T Pyxidis recurrent nova, 2011

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Credit: REV. RONALD ROYER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: T Pyxidis recurrent nova, 2011. Images taken before (left) and during (right) the explosion of the recurrent nova (indicated by arrow) in the binary star system T Pyxidis. The star system is made up of a Sun-like star and a white dwarf. The larger white dwarf captures matter from the other star, causing periodic explosions. The stars are in the constellation Pyxidis, around 3,300 light years from Earth.

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Keywords: 2011, 21st century, astronomical, astronomy, astrophysical, astrophysics, before, binary star system, during, exploding, explosion, nova, nova remnant, pyxidis, recurrent nova, space, star, stars, t pyxidis, telescope, white dwarf

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