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LATEST HUBBLE IMAGE IMITATES ART

LATEST HUBBLE IMAGE IMITATES ART
A new picture from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope bears remarkable similarities to the Vincent van Gogh work called "Starry Night", complete with never-before-seen spirals of dust swirling across trillions of miles 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. (UPI Photo/NASA)
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