HR 4796

Author(s): Cham

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HR 4796 is a binary star system of a young A-type main sequence star and a red dwarf about 230.25 light-years away in the constellation Centaurus. In 1991, infrared observations of the system revealed that the larger primary star (component A) is surrounded by a dense protoplanetary disk, which was subsequently been studied using the Hubble and Spitzer observatories from 2007 to 2018

NOTE: This add-on only includes HR 4796 A, the smaller companion is missing at the time this add-on was originally published

A dust ring encircles HR 4796 A as seen by the European Southern Observatory (ESO)

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