The Mysterious Case of V838 Monocerotis and the Red Novae
Not all stellar explosions are associated with the death of stars. Astronomers are familiar with novae, the explosive but non-fatal eruptions associated with white dwarf stars in binary systems (Chap. 13). They are also increasingly aware of temporary eruptions in very massive supergiant and LBV stars (Chaps. 3 and 8).