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STELLAR ASTROPHYSICS

Polarization from a spinning star

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Although predicted 50 years ago, the polarization of light from a rotationally distorted stellar atmosphere has only recently been detected, thanks to polarimetry measurements with precision at the parts-per-million level.

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Fig. 1: Reconstructed image and polarization model of Regulus.

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Harrington, J.P. Polarization from a spinning star. Nat Astron 1, 657–658 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41550-017-0267-1

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