V838 Monocerotis revisited: Space phenomenon imitates art

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esahubble_heic0405a March 4th, 2004

Credit: NASA, the Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/STScI) and ESA

"Starry Night", Vincent van Gogh's famous painting, is renowned for its bold whorls of light sweeping across a raging night sky. Although this image of the heavens came only from the artist's restless imagination, a new picture from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope bears remarkable similarities to the van Gogh work, complete with never-before-seen spirals of dust swirling across trillions of kilometres of interstellar space. This image, obtained with the Advanced Camera for Surveys on February 8, 2004, is Hubble's latest view of an expanding halo of light around a distant star, named V838 Monocerotis (V838 Mon). 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.

Image Source: https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/heic0405a/

Curator: ESA/Hubble, Garching bei München, Germany

Image Use Policy: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
IRAS 07015-0346 V838 Mon
Subject - Milky Way
Star » Evolutionary Stage » Red Supergiant
Star » Type » Variable
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Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 7h 4m 5.1s
DEC = -3° 50’ 46.9”
Orientation
North is 48.7° CCW
Field of View
2.4 x 2.6 arcminutes
Constellation
Monoceros

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Arrow_left_red Hubble Space Telescope (ACS) Infrared (I) 814.0 nm
Arrow_left_green Hubble Space Telescope (ACS) Optical (V) 606.0 nm
Arrow_left_blue Hubble Space Telescope (ACS) Optical (B) 435.0 nm
Spectrum_base
Arrow_top_red
Arrow_top_green
Arrow_top_blue
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ID
heic0405a
Subject Category
B.3.1.5   B.3.2.1  
Subject Name
IRAS 07015-0346, V838 Mon
Credits
NASA, the Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/STScI) and ESA
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/heic0405a/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Distance in light years from: http://iopscience.iop.org/1538-3881/135/2/605
Facility
Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope
Instrument
ACS, ACS, ACS
Color Assignment
Red, Green, Blue
Band
Infrared, Optical, Optical
Bandpass
I, V, B
Central Wavelength
814, 606, 435
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
106.0214009, -3.8463699
Reference Dimension
2238.0, 2448.0
Reference Pixel
1120.0, 1225.0
Scale
1.78680981327e-05, 1.7878809465e-05
Rotation
48.7
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Full
FITS Header
Notes
WCS info from NASA/Hubble
Creator (Curator)
ESA/Hubble
URL
http://www.spacetelescope.org/
Name
Email
Telephone
Address
Karl-Schwarzschild-Strasse 2
City
Garching bei München
State/Province
Postal Code
D-85748
Country
Germany
Rights
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
Publisher
ESA/Hubble
Publisher ID
esahubble
Resource ID
heic0405a
Metadata Date
2004-03-01T15:51:22-05:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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Detailed color mapping information coming soon...

 

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