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Hubble sees an aging star wave goodbye

This planetary nebula is called PK 329-02.2 and is located in the constellation of Norma in the southern sky. It is also sometimes referred to as Menzel 2, or Mz 2, named after the astronomer Donald Menzel who discovered ...

dateOct 12, 2015 in Astronomy
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New molecules around old stars

(Phys.org) —Using ESA's Herschel space observatory, astronomers have discovered that a molecule vital for creating water exists in the burning embers of dying Sun-like stars.

dateJun 17, 2014 in Astronomy
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Hubble view of bubbly nebula

This image from Hubble's Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 showcases NGC 1501, a complex planetary nebula located in the large but faint constellation of Camelopardalis (The Giraffe).

dateNov 10, 2014 in Astronomy
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Image: A cosmic trick of the eye

Stars of different masses end their lives in different ways. While truly massive stars go out in a blaze of glory, intermediate-mass stars—those between roughly one and eight times the mass of the Sun—are somewhat quieter, ...

dateApr 04, 2016 in Astronomy
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NGC 2392: A beautiful end to a star's life

(Phys.org) —Stars like the Sun can become remarkably photogenic at the end of their life. A good example is NGC 2392, which is located about 4,200 light years from Earth. NGC 2392, (nicknamed the "Eskimo Nebula") is what ...

dateJul 11, 2013 in Astronomy
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Hubble sees a cosmic caterpillar

(Phys.org) —This light-year-long knot of interstellar gas and dust resembles a caterpillar on its way to a feast. But the meat of the story is not only what this cosmic caterpillar eats for lunch, but also what's eating ...

dateAug 29, 2013 in Astronomy
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