View Full Version : Discussion: Hubble Watches Star Erupt

2003-Jul-08, 10:04 PM
SUMMARY: A recent set of images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope show a dull star that suddenly became 600,000 times brighter. The star, called V838 Monocerotis, is located 20,000 light-years from Earth and astronomers are unsure exactly why it flared up so brightly temporarily becoming the brightest star in the Milky Way. The outburst was similar to a nova, but unlike this fairly common occurrence, V838 didn't slough off its outer layers.

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