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The Hubble Space Telescope

By: Samantha Johnson on Oct. 16, 2009, 11:21 p.m.

Photo: NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/STScI)

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This is one of the most unusual stars known to man. This previously ordinary star underwent a violent and sudden burst in 2002. The star burned about 600,000 times brighter than our sun during this time. The light that was emitted was bounced off layers of cosmic dust and debris, literally creating a ‘light echo.’