Recurring Nova T Pyxidis

Closer inspection by the Hubble Space Telescope, however, reveals that the shells are not smooth at all. In fact, this high-resolution image shows that the shells are actually more than 2, 000 gaseous blobs packed into an area that is 1 light-year across. Resembling shrapnel from a shotgun blast, the blobs may have been produced by the nova explosion, the subsequent expansion of gaseous debris, or collisions between fast-moving and slow- moving gas from several eruptions. False colour has been applied to this image to enhance details in the blobs.


Mike Shara, Bob Williams, and David Zurek ( Space Telescope Science Institute); Roberto Gilmozzi (European Southern Observatory); Dina Prialnik (Tel Aviv University); and NASA/ESA

About the Image

NASA press release
Release date:18 September 1997, 06:00
Size:519 x 546 px

About the Object

Name:T Pyxidis
Type:Milky Way : Star : Type : Variable : Nova
Distance:15000 light years

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Optical Hubble Space Telescope

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