Posts Tagged ‘planetary nebula’

A Star Near The End of It’s Life

U Camelopardalis - A Carbon Star

U Camelopardalis – A Carbon Star

The Hubble Space Telescope recently captured this amazing image of a star nearing the end of it’s life.  The above image is of a star known as U Camelopardalis.  It is located near the North Celestial Pole and can be found in the constellation Camelopardalis – also known as The Giraffe.

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The Remains of a Sun-like Star: The Necklace Nebula

The Necklace Nebula

If our sun had a large binary companion, what would it’s remains look like?  Quite possibly the Necklace Nebula.  This planetary nebula, which contains the remnants of a sun-like star, was recently discovered in 2005 during the Isaac Newton Telescope Photometric H-alpha Survey (IPHAS).

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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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