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News Release 596 of 1051

March 26, 2003 02:00 PM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2003-10

Hubble Watches Light from Mysterious Erupting Star Reverberate Through Space

Technical facts about this news release:

About the Object
Object Name: V838 Monocerotis
Object Description: Nova-like object
Position (J2000): R.A. 07h 04m 05s
Dec. 03° 50' 50"
Constellation: Monoceros
Distance: The star is ~20,000 light-years (~6 kiloparsecs) away.
Dimensions: Each individual image is 82 arcseconds (7.8 light-years or 2.4 parsecs) wide.
About the Data
Data Description: These data are from the HST archived proposals 9587, 9588, and 9694. The science team is composed of H.E. Bond (STScI), A. Henden (USNO), Z. Levay (STScI), N. Panagia (STScI), W. Sparks (STScI), S. Starrfield (Arizona State Univ.), R.M. Wagner (LBTO), R.L.M. Corradi (ING), U. Munari (INAF).
Instrument: ACS/WFC
Exposure Date(s): 2002: April 30; May 20/21; Sept 2; Oct 28; Dec 17
Exposure Time: 6.3 hours total over a time span of 8 months
Filters: F435W (B), F606W (V), F814W (I)
About the Image
Image Credit: NASA and H.E. Bond (STScI)
Release Date: March 26, 2003
Orientation: Light Echo From Star V838 Monocerotis - October 28, 2002