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Nova Cygni 1992

Nova Cygni 1992

Depicts: Nova Cygni 1992
Copyright: F. Paresce, R. Jedrzejewski (STScI), NASA and ESA

The European Space Agency's ESA Faint Object Camera utilizing the corrective optics provided by NASA's COSTAR (Corrective Optics Space Telescope Axial Replacement), has given astronomers their best look yet at a rapidly ballooning bubble of gas blasted off a star.

The shell surrounds Nova Cygni 1992, which erupted on February 19, 1992. A nova is a thermonuclear explosion that occurs on the surface of a white dwarf star in a double star system.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
23-Apr-2024 23:27 UT

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