Crescent nebula

Crescent nebula

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Credit: J-P METSAVAINIO/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Crescent nebula (NGC 6888). The nebula is a glowing shell of gas cast off by the central star WR 136. WR 136 is a Wolf-Rayet star, a rare type of hot, massive star that loses mass rapidly through a strong and dusty stellar wind. This nebula lies around 4700 light years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus. Different colours represent different ionised gases; sulphur is red, hydrogen is green and oxygen is blue.

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Keywords: astronomical, astronomy, astrophysical, astrophysics, crescent nebula, cygnus, emission nebula, false colour, gas shell, hst-palette, hubble palette, ngc 6888, shells, shock wave, space, telescope, wolf rayet star, wr 136

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