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