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Hubble's Observation of the Stingray Nebula in 2016

Hubble's Observation of the Stingray Nebula in 2016


Date: 03 December 2020
Satellite: Hubble Space Telescope
Copyright: NASA, ESA, B. Balick (University of Washington), M. Guerrero (Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía), and G. Ramos-Larios (Universidad de Guadalajara), CC BY 4.0

Archival data from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope reveal that the nebula Hen 3-1357, nicknamed the Stingray nebula, has faded precipitously over just the past two decades. Witnessing such a swift rate of change in a planetary nebula is exceedingly rare, say researchers.

This image captured by Hubble in 2016 shows how the nebula has drastically dimmed in brightness and changed shape. The young nebula no longer pops against the black velvet background of the distant Universe.

 
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Last Update: 4 December 2020
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