Spectacular views of V838 Monocerotis light echo

These images show the evolution of the light echo around the star V838 in the constellation of Monoceros. They were taken by the Hubble Advanced Camera for Surveys in November 2005 (left) and again in September 2006 (right). The numerous whorls and eddies in the interstellar dust are particularly noticeable. Possibly they have been produced by the effects of magnetic fields in the space between the stars.

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NASA, ESA and H. Bond (STScI)

About the Image

NASA press release
Id:heic0617a
Type:Collage
Release date:26 October 2006, 18:00
Related releases:heic0617
Size:6332 x 3639 px

About the Object

Name:V838 Mon
Type:• Milky Way : Star : Type : Variable : Nova
• Milky Way : Nebula : Appearance : Reflection : Light Echo
• X - Stars Images/Videos
• X - Nebulae Images/Videos
Distance:20000 light years

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