V838 Unicorn (V838 Mon) is an unusual variable star in the constellation Unicorn , located at a distance of about 20,000 light years (6 kpc ) from the Sun  . The star experienced a serious explosion in early 2002 . Initially it was assumed that the cause of the explosion was the usual outbreak of a new one , but later this hypothesis was refuted. The cause of the outburst is still unclear, but several theories have been put forward, for example, that the explosion is associated with the process of dying of a star and absorption of a companion or planets  . The surface temperature of the Unicorn V838 is 3270 Kelvin, the radius is 380 times the radius of the Sun, and the luminosity is 15,000 times the luminosity of the Sun.
V838 Unicorn and light echo , Hubble telescope image December 17, 2002
( Epoch J2000.0 )
|Distance||20 000 sv. years old|
|Visible magnitude ( V )||15.74|
|Parallax (π)||0.163 ± 0.002 mas|
|Absolute magnitude (V)||-5,5|
|Spectral class||M6.3I |
|Weight||18 M ☉|
|Radius||380  R ☉|
|Temperature||3270  K|
|Luminosity||15000  L ☉|
|Information in databases|
Galactic Longitude 217.7975 °
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