A Young Stellar Cluster Surrounding the Peculiar Eruptive Variable V838 Monocerotis

  title={A Young Stellar Cluster Surrounding the Peculiar Eruptive Variable V838 Monocerotis},
  author={Melike Afcsar and Howard E. Bond},
  journal={The Astronomical Journal},
  • M. Afcsar, H. Bond
  • Published 26 October 2006
  • Physics, Geology
  • The Astronomical Journal
V838 Monocerotis is an unusual variable star that underwent a sudden outburst in 2002. Unlike a classical nova, which quickly evolves to high temperatures, V838 Mon remained an extremely cool, luminous supergiant throughout its eruption. It continues to illuminate a spectacular series of light echoes, as the outburst light is scattered from nearby circumstellar dust. V838 Mon has an unresolved B3 V companion star. During a program of spectroscopic monitoring of V838 Mon, we serendipitously… 

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