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The beautiful V838 Monocerotis is a well known variable star on the outskirts of our galaxy. However, this new discovery comes as a surprise to astronomers (NASA).
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New Class of Variable Star Discovered

Harvard-Smithsonian astronomers who are currently digitizing and analyzing 100 years of photographic plates of the night's sky have made their first discovery: a new class of extreme variable star.

March 2, 2010
12:52 PM EST