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March 4, 2004 06:00 AM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2004-10

Space Phenomenon Imitates Art in Universe's Version of van Gogh Painting

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About the Object
Object Name: V838 Monocerotis
Object Description: Nova-like variable star and surrounding light echo
Position (J2000): R.A. 07h 04m 04.8s
Dec. 03° 50' 50"
Constellation: Monoceros
Distance: The star is ~20,000 light-years (~6 kiloparsecs) away.
Dimensions: This image is 2.4 arcminutes (13.6 light-years or 4.2 parsecs) wide.
About the Data
Data Description: These data are from the HST program 10089: K. Noll, H. Bond, C. Christian, L. Frattare, F. Hamilton, Z. Levay, M. Mutchler, and T. Royle (STScI).
Instrument: ACS/WFC
Exposure Date(s): February 8, 2004
Exposure Time: 1.8 hours
Filters: F435W (B), F606W (V), F814W (I)
About the Image
Image Credit: NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
Release Date: March 4, 2004