Saturday, April 15, 2006

Star light, Star bright


Wow. The red star in the center of this beautiful image is the erupting supergiant V838 Monocerotis, surrounded by circumstellar dust. It's located about 20,000 light-years away from earth in the direction of the constellation Monoceros (the unicorn), on the outer edge of the Milky Way. During its outburst, the star became more than 600,000 times brighter than our sun.

2 Comments:

Blogger Avian said...

Just discovered this blog - very nice. Happy Zombie Jesus Day!

What's most interesting about this image is the "movie" that has compiled from several subsequent images of the "light echo" from the explosion. You can see the light from the outburst, travelling at good 'ol 186,000 miles per second, illuminate unseen portions of the gas cloud as the light travels out into space. Might make a really nice animated gif for the front page of the article!

Davin
Stars Over Kansas
http://starsoverkansas.org

8:26 AM  
Blogger Avian said...

Here's the link to the light echo images.

What a fireworks show.

8:32 AM  

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