HOURGLASS NEBULA

HOURGLASS NEBULA

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This image is part of the feature Hubble Space Telescope 25th Anniversary
This image is part of the feature 25 Years Of The Hubble Space Telescope
This image is part of the feature Space Telescope
This image is part of the feature Hubble Space Telescope Produces Dramatic New Images

Credit: NASA/ESA/STSCI/R.SAHAI & J.TRAUGER, JPL/ SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Star death. Hubble Space Telescope (HST) image of the 'hourglass'-shaped planetary nebula known as MyCn18. The 'hourglass' shape is thought to derive from the rapid expansion of stellar wind within an expanding cloud of material which is more dense at its equator than at its poles. This material has been ejected by the star as it reached the end of its life as a red giant. The bright white dot near the centre of the frame is the white dwarf remnant of the original star. It's off- centre position is thought to imply the existence of an unseen binary object. This image approximates to true colour.

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Keywords: astronomy, cosmology, hourglass, hourglass nebula, hst, hst image, hst post-repair, mycn18, nebula, nebula mycn18, science, star death, stellar

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