Monocerotis (V838) Outburst

This is my latest animation (9.4mb) of the 2002-2005 Monocerotis Outburst event, based on a computer model of multiple frames of this strange event by the +European Space Agency, ESA

 V838 is a red variable star in the constellation Monoceros about 20,000 light years (6 kpc) from the Sun. The previously unknown star was observed in early 2002 experiencing a major outburst. The reason for the outburst is still uncertain, but several conjectures have been put forward, including an eruption related to stellar death processes and a merger of a binary star or planets.

Images credit: NASA, ESA and H.E. Bond (STScI)

There's another version by +Lars DeRuntz here:

cc +Fraser Cain 
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