Odd Star Sheds Cometlike Tail

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: August 15, 2007   View Article

The star Mira sheds a cometlike tail of rich material as it streaks through space—something that has never been seen before—astronomers announced today.

Acting sort of like a cosmic Johnny Appleseed, the star is leaving behind carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, and other important “seed” elements needed for new stars, planets, and potential life to form.

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