*Star Flash

Light Echoes from V838 Mon , NASA

This is Hubble’s view of a stellar flash that suddenly appeared, with no explanation, in January 2002. And just as suddenly it disappeared. It isn’t a supernova or a nova, what it is–nobody knows. But it’s beautiful and astonishing and it is in our own milky way, about 20,000 light years from here. (More detail here.)

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4 thoughts on “*Star Flash

  1. That’s nuts! Gorgeous and overwhelming and humbling!

    1. Di, yes all of that–you put it so well.

  2. Wow! And to think no one knows what it is, just milky way fireworks.

    1. Litlove, what a wonderful phrase: milky way fireworks.

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