Artistâ€™s impression of the remarkable double star OGLE-LMC-CEP0227
November 27, 2010
This artist's impression shows the double star OGLE-LMC-CEP0227 in our neighboring galaxy the Large Magellanic Cloud. The smaller of the two stars is a pulsating Cepheid variable and the orientation of the system is such that the stars eclipse each other during their orbits. Studies of this very rare system have allowed astronomers to measure the Cepheid mass with unprecedented accuracy.
Topics: Standard candles, Magellanic Clouds, Local Group, remarkable double star OGLE-LMC-CEP0227 This artist, Cosmic distance ladder, Large Magellanic Cloud, Small Magellanic Cloud, Mensa constellation, Dorado constellation, Star, Cepheid variable, Galaxy