Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Red Supergiant Star V838 Monocerotis

Galaxies, Stars and Nebulae series

Continuing with a focus on the awesome sights to be seen in outer space, here's my next remix of the best shots from Hubble/NASA/ESA.

I've been using my artistic vision to bring out what I think is the best in them. Nothing added or taken away - I've only worked on the lighting and local contrast (curves and dodging and burning, for you curious Photoshop / gimp users).

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V838 Monocerotis

About the star

V838 Monocerotis is a red variable star in the constellation Monoceros about 20,000 light years from the Sun, and was possibly one of the largest known stars for a short period following the outburst. The previously unknown star was observed in early 2002 experiencing a major outburst. Originally believed to be a typical nova eruption, it was then realized to be something completely different. 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.

On gear in my Zazzle store

From greetings cards to phone cases, iPad Mini shells to poster prints and canvases, you're sure to find a gift to suit. Click the image below to see the iPhone 5 Skinit case from different angles

I've been devoting a lot of time recently to enhancing these beautiful views from our wide and deep universe and making them available to anyone on a variety of gifts, personal treats and day to day doodads. See this star on other phone cases - most popular types supported

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