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Planetary Nebula NGC 7027

Planetary Nebula NGC 7027


Depicts: NGC 7027
Copyright: William B. Latter (SIRTF Science Center/Caltech) and NASA

The Hubble Space Telescope's Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer (NICMOS) has captured a glimpse of a brief stage in the burnout of NGC 7027, a medium-mass star like our sun. The infrared image (on the left) shows a young planetary nebula in a state of rapid transition. This image alone reveals important new information. When astronomers combine this photo with an earlier image taken in visible light, they have a more complete picture of the final stages of star life.
Last Update: 1 September 2019
9-Dec-2022 19:33 UT

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