Monoceros (the Unicorn) is a faintly visible constellation lying between Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky, and Procyon, to the east of Orion. In January 2002 a distant star in Monoceros became intensely bright, and for a brief time was the brightest star in the Milky Way. This image from the Hubble Space Telescope shows dust clouds surrounding the star as it erupted.
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Hubble Space Telescope
Reference: NASA, ESA and H.E. Bond (STScI)
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