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IP1 planetary nebula, infrared image

IP1 planetary nebula, infrared image

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NICK WRIGHT, IPHAS TEAM / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY NICK WRIGHT, IPHAS TEAM / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

IP1 planetary nebula, infrared image. A planetary nebula is a series of shells of gas cast off by a dying star. The ejection of the star's outer layers exposes its hot core, whose radiation ionises the shells, causing them to glow. Here, the gases have been sculpted into unusual shapes by stellar winds. Image obtained using the Isaac Newton Telescope (INT) at Roque de los Muchachos Observatory in La Palma, Canary Islands, as part of the IPHAS (The INT Photometric H-alpha Survey of the Northern Galactic Plane) survey.

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