Light continues to echo three years after stellar outburst

The Hubble Space Telescope's latest image of the star V838 Monocerotis (V838 Mon) reveals dramatic changes in the illumination of 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.

Credit:

NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/STScI)

About the Image

NASA caption
Id:heic0503a
Type:Observation
Release date:3 February 2005, 15:00
Related releases:heic0503
Size:3400 x 3382 px

About the Object

Name:V838 Mon
Type:Milky Way : Nebula
Constellation:Monoceros
Category:Nebulae

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Coordinates

Position (RA):7 4 5.13
Position (Dec):-3° 50' 48.56"
Field of view:2.84 x 2.82 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 0.2° left of vertical

Colours & filters

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

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