Anatomy of a light echo

This diagram explains the anatomy of a light eco. Light from the stellar outburst (path 1) reaches us first. Light that first illuminates surrounding dust and then travels to us arrives at progressively later times (paths 2 through 6).


NASA/ESA and A. Feild (STScI).

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NASA caption
Release date:26 March 2003, 15:00
Related releases:heic0304
Size:432 x 495 px

About the Object

Name:Light Echo
Type:• Unspecified : Nebula : Appearance : Reflection : Light Echo

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