Seeing how a star dies before was almost impossible – Hubble captures the death of the bright star in the nebula of the “rotten egg”

The stars are celestial bodies that are usually still distance millions of light years in the universe. Many of the stars that are in a constant activity of burning of their corporal mass present great spectacles to culminate its stage of life.

Before we could consider that it was a spectacle almost impossible to capture by our space telescopes and less visible by our conventional sight. But with the Satellites put in space by the Space Agency and the North American Aeronautics (NASA) we can clearly see the perplexity and magic that looms at the moment when a celestial body like the stars culminates its life cycle.

Recently the Hubble captured the death of the bright star in the “rotten egg” nebula. The Pumpkin Nebula, here represented in the image above, which is known by the technical name “OH 231.8 + 04.2”. In this example we can see the incredible moment when the low mass star as the sun dies.

In the image we can see the spectacle of his last burning of his body mass. The image was taken by NASA / ESA Space Telescope Hubble shows the star passing through a rapid transformation from a red giant to a planetary nebula, during which it blows its outer layers of gas and dust out into the surrounding space. The newly ejected material is spat in opposite directions with immense speed – the yellow gas moves about one million kilometers per hour (621,371 miles per hour).

Image credit: ESA / Hubble & NASA, Acknowledgments: Judy Schmidt


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