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A Swoosh In Space: Merry Christmas From Hubble


Image credit: NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Image credit: NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope celebrates the holiday season with a striking image of the planetary nebula NGC 5189. The intricate structure of the stellar eruption looks like a giant and brightly coloured ribbon in space.

Planetary nebulae represent a final brief stage in the life of a star like the Sun. While consuming the last of the fuel in its core, the star expels a large portion of its outer regions, which then heats up and glows brightly, showing intricate structures that scientists are still trying to fully understand. The structure visible within NGC 5189 is particularly dramatic, and Hubble’s image of the nebula is by far the most detailed yet made of this object.

Full Story, Images, and Video: http://www.spacetelescope.org/news/heic1220/
Also: http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2012/49/image/a/

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