| R Leporis (also known as Hind's Crimson Star) is one of the
reddest "bright" stars in the sky. This star produces enormous
amounts of carbon that when dredged up through convection makes its way
to the outer envelope of its atmosphere. The carbon "soot" eventually
reaches a concentration which creates an outer shell and dims the star
dramatically. This dimming gives the star an extremely red appearence.
At some point much of this carbon is blown away from the star and the process
begins again. The star is literally a "smoking" gun for rare and intriguing
stellar types. Examine the larger image by clicking on the thumbnail to the
left. Note how dim the star is in blue light compared to red!
|R G B color production was used to create this image.|
Minimum credit line: Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF
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