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Planetary Nebula - Eight Burst, NGC 3132

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The Hubble Space Telescope took this image which NASA describes as a “Glowing Pool of Light: Planetary Nebula NGC 3132.”  In the middle of the image is a dying star.

What is happening in this picture?  NASA describes the events:

This planetary nebula, also known as the "Eight-Burst" Nebula because of its figure-8 appearance through amateur astronomer telescopes, is visible in the southern hemisphere.

NGC 3132 is nearly half-a-light-year in diameter and 2,000 light years away.

Gases are moving away from the dying star at its center at a speed of nine miles per second (14.4 km/s).

Click on the image for a better view.


Media Credits

Image, described above, by the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI / AURA / NASA)

 

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