text-only page produced automatically by LIFT Text Transcoder Skip all navigation and go to page contentSkip top navigation and go to directorate navigationSkip top navigation and go to page navigation
National Science Foundation
design element
News From the Field
For the News Media
Special Reports
Research Overviews
NSF-Wide Investments
Speeches & Lectures
NSF Current Newsletter
Multimedia Gallery
News Archive
News by Research Area
Arctic & Antarctic
Astronomy & Space
Chemistry & Materials
Earth & Environment
People & Society

Email this pagePrint this page
All Images

Press Release 05-007
Portrait of a Star on the Edge

A new telescope array yields an unprecedented close-up of the bright star Regulus

Back to article | Note about images

Regulus compared to the Sun

A computer-generated model of Regulus based on CHARA data, with a similar model of the Sun shown to scale. This view shows the model almost equator-on, with its axis tilted 86 degrees from celestial north -- just as Regulus appears in the sky. That makes the axis almost horizontal in this picture, and the equator almost vertical. The star's frenetic spin has distorted it into the shape of a squashed beach ball.

Credit: Wenjin Huang, CHARA, Georgia State University

Download the high-resolution JPG version of the image. (18 KB)

Use your mouse to right-click (Mac users may need to Ctrl-click) the link above and choose the option that will save the file or target to your computer.

Email this pagePrint this page
Back to Top of page