Date: 02 February 2005
Depicts: Erupting star V838 Monocerotis
Copyright: NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/STScI)
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.
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