Hubble watches light echo from mysterious erupting star (May 2002 image)

This is the first in a sequence of four pictures from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope's Advanced Camera for Surveys that dramatically demonstrates the echoing of light through space caused by an unusal stellar outburst in January 2002.

The image was taken on 20 May 2002. The image is combined from exposures taken through blue (B), green (V), and infrared (I) filters.

Credit:

NASA, European Space Agency, and H.E. Bond (STScI

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About the Image

Id:heic0304b
Type:Observation
Release date:26 March 2003, 15:00
Related releases:heic0304
Size:1651 x 1651 px

About the Object

Name:IRAS 07015-0346, V838 Mon
Type:Milky Way : Star : Evolutionary Stage : Red Supergiant
Milky Way : Star : Type : Variable
Distance:20000 light years
Constellation:Monoceros
Category:Stars

Coordinates

Position (RA):7 4 4.89
Position (Dec):-3° 50' 50.26"
Field of view:1.38 x 1.38 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 0.0° left of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Infrared
I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
V
606 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
B
435 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS

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