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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


Video: The Outburst

Running Time: 14 seconds

This animation shows the sudden brightening of the star V838 Mon as it happened on Jan 2002. The star got much brighter because it expanded to a red super giant. In the foreground is a blue companion star.

Animation Credit: NASA and G. Bacon (STScI)

Selected still images from this video (click to enlarge):

Release Videos

The Outburst Running Time: 14 seconds
Light Echo Geometry Cartoon Running Time: 13 seconds
Flip through epochs Running Time: 4 seconds
Dr. Howard Bond - First Discovered Running Time: 50 seconds
Dr. Howard Bond - Significance Running Time: 1 minute 55 seconds
Dr. Howard Bond - Observations Running Time: 1 minute 26 seconds