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Hind's Crimson Star

Discussion in 'Astrophotography and Imaging' started by Orion25, Feb 26, 2020.

Hind's Crimson Star

Started by Orion25 on Feb 26, 2020 at 5:20 PM

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  1. Orion25

    Orion25 Well-Known Member

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    From the r.j.s. observatory, an image of the gorgeous, ruby-red carbon star named Hind's Crimson Star (R Leporis). It was named after the British astronomer John Russell Hind who first observed it in 1845. The star is a variable red giant 1,360 light-years away in the constellation of Lepus, the Hare. It has an over-abundance of carbon in its outer layers due to the break down of helium in its dying core which gives the star its stunning red appearance. It has a 14-month variable period and appears most red when it is dim. The second image shows how to find Hind's which is just below the constellation of Orion. You will need a telescope to see it because it is very dim. A reflector telescope will work best, giving you a wide field of view. If you search the general area depicted in the photo with your telescope, you should be able to find it fairly easily.

    ASTRONOMY - HIND'S CRIMSON STAR 1-31-19 SM.jpg

    ASTRONOMY - HIND'S CRIMSON STAR REGION 2-22-20 CAPTION SM.jpg

    Happy observing!
    Reggie :)
     
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    In addition to double and multiple stars, carbon stars are fascinating to observe. I have observed this one over the years and sometimes it looks like someone stuck a bright red LED in my field of view.

    Thanks for posting this image.

    Ed
     
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