Beauty in death

in science •  16 days ago  (edited)

Right in the center is a dying star.

Its shedding its outer layers in the last phases of its stellar evolution.

The complex structure of the surrounding nebula suggests to some astronomers that there have been periodic, oppositely directed outflows from the central star, but these outflows have been projected in different directions during each episode. The nebula is also rich in clouds of dust, some of which form long, dark streaks pointing away from the central star.

NGC 2440

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