Optical Transient SCP 06F6

This pair of NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope pictures shows the appearance of a mysterious burst of light that was detected on 21 February 2006, brightened over 100 days, and then faded into oblivion after another 100 days. The source of the outburst remains unidentified.

The event was detected serendipitously in a Hubble search for supernovae in a distant cluster of galaxies. The light-signature of this event does not match the behavior of a supernova or any previously observed astronomical transient phenomenon in the universe.

Credit:

NASA, ESA and K. Barbary (University of California, Berkeley)

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo0904a
Type:Collage
Release date:6 January 2009, 18:20
Size:3000 x 2400 px

About the Object

Name:SCP 06F6
Type:• Early Universe : Star : Evolutionary Stage : Supernova
• X - Miscellaneous Images/Videos
Distance:z=0.14 (redshift)

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Infrared
I
775 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Infrared
Z
850 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS

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