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S-type star

(type of star with lines indicating zirconium)

An S-type star is a star within the S-class, a spectral class indicating zirconium monoxide spectral bands and lines. They are cool giant stars (AGB stars). They generally have similar amounts of carbon and oxygen. The presence of zirconium indicates either convection (intrinsic S-star), or previous mass transfer in the manner of Algol variables (extrinsic S-star).

(star type,spectral class)
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chemically peculiar star (CP star)
rare designator prefixes
red giant
spectral class