Universe's Version of van Gogh
March 4, 2004
This image resembling Vincent van Gogh's painting, Starry Night, is Hubble's latest view of an expanding halo of light around a distant star, named V838 Monocerotis (V838 Mon). This Hubble image was obtained with the Advanced Camera for Surveys on February 8, 2004. The illumination of interstellar dust comes from the red supergiant star at the middle of the image, which gave off a flashbulb-like pulse of light two years ago. V838 Mon is located about 20,000 light-years away from Earth in the direction of the constellation Monoceros, placing the star at the outer edge of our Milky Way galaxy.
Topics: Stars, Monoceros constellation, Astronomy, Vincent Van Gogh, Human Interest, Luminous Red Novae, Light echo, V838 Monocerotis