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An eruptive star that brightened to 600,000 times its initial intensity and briefly outshone all others in the Milky Way Galaxy has astronomers amazed and puzzled over what happened.

The star's light bounces off surrounding dust clouds, creating a spectacular "light echo" in a series of new images from the Hubble Space Telescope. The echo is seen to grow over time as the light races out to fresh layers of material, presumed to have been cast into space long ago by one or more eruptions of the star. The light bounces off that dust and is reflected toward Earth.

That is not the strange part.

The star, named V838 Monocerotis, has suddenly grown so big that if placed in the center of our solar system it would engulf Jupiter.

Oddly, it isn't hot and eruptive in the manner of a supernova or nova, both of which toss off outer layers in explosive fits. Instead, V838 Mon, as astronomers call it, achieved remarkable brilliance while swelling to gargantuan size and remaining cool at its surface.

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Bizarro

very nice pic, Dan. just goes to show you that the government can use our tax dollars wisely from time to time smile.gif

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Kismit

Thanx J6 I just set this one as My background . It's soo pretty smile.gif

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Halo_Jones

AAAaahhhhhh ohmy.gif Pretty Picture smile.gif

Thank you J6p cool.gif

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Kira
ohmy.gif WOW what a pic.... and so beautiful too thanks J6p smile.gif

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Tommy

Awesome picture j6p!! Thanks for sharing. cool.gif

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schadeaux

Very cool, J6. I love star pics smile.gif

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neen

what a wonderful picture jp6 .It's out of this world.lol. biggrin.gif

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Mutant Snake

Good pic. biggrin.gif

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Carrie Anne

An eruptive star that brightened to 600,000 times its initial intensity and briefly outshone all others in the Milky Way Galaxy has astronomers amazed and puzzled over what happened.

The star's light bounces off surrounding dust clouds, creating a spectacular "light echo" in a series of new images from the Hubble Space Telescope. The echo is seen to grow over time as the light races out to fresh layers of material, presumed to have been cast into space long ago by one or more eruptions of the star. The light bounces off that dust and is reflected toward Earth.

That is not the strange part.

The star, named V838 Monocerotis, has suddenly grown so big that if placed in the center of our solar system it would engulf Jupiter.

Oddly, it isn't hot and eruptive in the manner of a supernova or nova, both of which toss off outer layers in explosive fits. Instead, V838 Mon, as astronomers call it, achieved remarkable brilliance while swelling to gargantuan size and remaining cool at its surface.

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I have a bad habit of looking in photos and seeing more than what is there.... this picture reminds me of that emblem on the Mortal Combat cover for some reason.

Pretty amazing photo though. (sorry for digging up such an old post, I am soooo bored)

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Raptor

^Haha, I see what you mean. :P

It would be great if we could get views like that simply from looking up at our night sky.

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Saint Macabre

very lovely

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Kryso

Amazing image. Makes you feel small doesn't it, lol.

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Xyfer

^^^

I think so too :P

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Tillghast

Awesome piccy. By the way Kryso, your new avatar and signature scare me.

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frogfish

Wolf-Rayet Stars are always pretty...

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