Watch: Breathtaking Time Lapse Video Shows Star Exploding

Jun 14, 2014

Ever wonder what an exploding star looks like?

NASA has released this incredible time lapse video showing the enormous explosion of a red star called V838 Monocerotis, located some 20,000 light years away.

The breathtaking images were captured by NASA's Hubble telescope over a four-year period.

What makes this starburst even more fascinating is that its origins remains a puzzle, as scientists still don't fully understand why the explosion occurred. Initially, astronomers thought it was a nova - which is a relatively more common outburst - but more recently, they came to the realization that it was something quite different.

"The outburst may represent a transitory stage in a star's evolution that is rarely seen," says the Hubble website. "The star has some similarities to highly unstable aging stars called eruptive variables, which suddenly and unpredictably increase in brightness."

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