V838 Monocerotis Dissolve Sequence of Epochs
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Duration: 24 seconds

A dissolve sequence of eight images taken by Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys shows a CAT-scan-like probe of the three-dimensional structure of the shells of dust surrounding the aging star V838 Monocerotis. The sequence reveals dramatic changes in the way a brilliant flash of light from the star is reflecting off surrounding dusty cloud structures. The effect, called a light echo, has been unveiling never-before-seen dust patterns ever since the star suddenly brightened for several weeks in early 2002.


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Astronomical, Hubble Telescope, Nebulae, Novae, Reflection Nebulae, Stars, Variable Stars

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Credit: NASA, ESA, and G. Bacon

Publication: October 26, 2006


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