“My god, it’s full of stars…”

I looked at this astonishing image from the Hubble Space Telescope on the BBC’s site today of the red giant V838 Monocerotis, a star which exploded in 2002 and the first phrase that leapt to mind was astronaut Dave Bowman from Clarke and Kubrick’s 2001: a Space Odyssey – “my god, it’s full of stars.”

Dammit, why don’t we have those holidays in space I was promised as a kid yet?!?! I want to see these things for myself.