Nova Cygni 1992

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.


F. Paresce, R. Jedrzejewski (STScI), NASA and ESA

About the Image

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Release date:13 January 1994, 06:00
Size:659 x 480 px

About the Object

Name:Nova Cygni 1992
Type:Milky Way : Star : Type : Variable : Nova
Distance:5500 light years

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