Location of V Hydrae in the night sky (IMAGE) National Radio Astronomy Observatory Caption V Hydrae is a carbon-rich star located 1,300 light-years away in the constellation Hydra. It is the subject of recent observations revealing the violent deaths of stars, which include, in the case of V Hya, explosive ejections of plasma into space that shape the structural environment around the star. Credit IAU and Sky & Telescope Usage Restrictions Must give credit to IAU and Sky & Telescope. This is NOT an NRAO created image. License Licensed content Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.