R Leporis variable star

R Leporis variable star

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Caption: R Leporis variable star (centre, red). This star is a carbon star, with its red appearance due to its atmosphere containing more carbon than oxygen. This gives rise to a 'sooty' atmosphere and a red colour. R Leporis is around 1300 light years from Earth, in the constellation of Lepus. Image obtained on 6 September 2015.

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Keywords: 2015, astronomical, astronomy, astrophysical, astrophysics, carbon, carbon star, hind's crimson star, lepus, no-one, nobody, optical, r lep, r leporis, red, sooty, space, star, stellar, universe, variable, variable star, visible

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