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Hubble´s Time-Lapse of a ´Light Echo´
Atlantic, by Adrienne LaFrance

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Posted By:StormCnter, 6/24/2014 10:18:20 AM

Well, this is awesome. Scientists have been keeping an eye on an unusual star called V838 Monocerotis since 2002, when it had an explosion that made it, for a few weeks, 600,000 times brighter than our sun. Ever since then, light from that outburst has been rippling across the universe and illuminating space dust in what the European Space Agency calls "the most spectacular ´light echo´ in the history of astronomy." The echo alone, according to NASA, spans six light years of outer space. And, now, thanks to a time-lapse look from Hubble photos of the light echo, you can watch the

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: mitzi, 6/24/2014 10:28:01 AM     (No. 9897743)

I have several books of pictures from Hubble ... one of my favorites: The Heavens Proclaim His Glory: A Spectacular View of Creation Through the Lens of the NASA Hubble Telescope.

Hard to "wrap my head around" it - but love to read about it and see the pictures.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: kofcfn, 6/24/2014 10:47:11 AM     (No. 9897773)

I am glad to be alive at this point to see God´s glory from an explosion that happened 600,000 years ago.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: nevernaught, 6/24/2014 11:17:40 AM     (No. 9897813)

Nice pictures of something that happened probably a billion years ago or so (I don´t even want to attempt the math this morning).



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Reply 4 - Posted by: M2, 6/24/2014 11:24:12 AM     (No. 9897825)

Spectacular.

God´s artistry.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: toddh, 6/24/2014 12:08:33 PM     (No. 9897904)

#3 - The math is trivial, "20,000 light-years away from Earth" means this happened 20,000 years ago.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Videodrone, 6/24/2014 3:36:22 PM     (No. 9898176)

Adrienne obviously lacks a basic physics education "Supernovas—which are even more dazzling than novas and temporarily burn brighter than everything else in the galaxy around them—can be caused by nuclear fusion or by the collapse of a star´s core"

Dear Adrienne, a star is nuclear fusion

still awesome

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Reply 7 - Posted by: franq, 6/24/2014 6:23:11 PM     (No. 9898330)

Beautiful. Thanks for posting.

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