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Formation of the Southern Crab Nebula (artist's impression)

Date: 18 April 2019
Satellite: Hubble Space Telescope
Depicts: Southern Crab Nebula
Copyright: ESA/Hubble, M. Kornmesser, CC BY 4.0

This artist's impression of the formation of Southern Crab nebula illustrates its hourglass-shared structure, that has been created by the interaction between a pair of stars at its centre: a red giant and a white dwarf. The red giant is shedding its outer layers in the last phase of its life before it too lives out its final years as a white dwarf.

 
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Last Update: 18 April 2019

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