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Light Echoes from V838 Mon

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#82074 by @ 28.11.2005 00:00 - nach oben -
Light Echoes from V838 Mon

What caused this outburst of V838 Mon?

For reasons unknown, star V838 Mon's
outer surface suddenly greatly expanded with the
result that it became the brightest star in the entire
Milky Way Galaxy in January 2002.

Then, just as suddenly, it faded.

A stellar flash like this has never been seen before --
and novas expel matter out into space.

Although the V838 Mon flash appears to expel material into space, what is seen in the
above image from the
Hubble Space Telescope
is actually an outwardly moving
light echo of the bright flash.

In a light echo, light from the flash is
reflected by successively more distant rings in the complex array of ambient
interstellar dust
that already surrounded the star.

V838 Mon lies about 20,000
light years away toward the constellation of the unicorn
(Monoceros), while the
light echo above spans about six
light years in diameter.

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#82109 by @ 28.11.2005 18:38 - nach oben -
Wa mir glaubed seg en Teil vo üsem Universum isch doch eeeeh nur irgend en Speuz vomene Drogechind inere grösser Dimensionierte Welt.
#82122 by @ 28.11.2005 21:35 - nach oben -
do chunnt mir grad Tobasco in sinn... ;-)