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A White Dwarf Makes a Butterfly

NGC 6302

The Butterfly Nebula

NCG 6302 is known as the Butterfly Nebula.  What makes this nebula so intriguing is that is has two distinct lobes – the butterfly wings – that surround one of the hottest white dwarf stars yet detected.  The central star of this nebula is estimated to be over 220,000 degrees Celsius.

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