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Rare Outburst Lights a Dusty Shell

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Science  28 Mar 2003:
Vol. 299, Issue 5615, pp. 1962
DOI: 10.1126/science.299.5615.1962b

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An intense burst of light from an otherwise nondescript star has lit up a cocoon of dust in a rare "light echo," shown in images from the Hubble Space Telescope.