Hot Pic of NASA Hubble Space Telescope of Star V838 Monoceroti
NASA Hubble Telescope Picture Reveals Space Phenomenon That Imitates Art in Universe's Version of van Gogh Painting
Resembling Vincent van Gogh's painting, "Starry Night," the picture is Hubble's latest view of an expanding halo of light around a distant star, named V838 Monocerotis (V838 Mon).
This Hubble image was obtained with the Advanced Camera for Surveys on February 8, 2004. The illumination of interstellar dust comes from the red supergiant star at the middle of the image, which gave off a flashbulb-like pulse of light two years ago.
V838 Mon is located about 20,000 light-years away from Earth in the direction of the constellation Monoceros, placing the star at the outer edge of our Milky Way galaxy.
Credit: NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/STScI)
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