The popular name for the recurrent nova T Coronae Borealis (see constellation Corona Borealis) of which two major outbursts have been observed: in 1866 and 1946, when it rose rapidly to the second and third magnitude, respectively, before slowly returning to its quiescent magnitude of 10.8. Other, smaller increases in brightness have been recorded at ultraviolet wavelengths. The star is a spectroscopic binary with a red giant component and a period of 227.6 days.
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