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The Colorful Demise of a Sun-like Star

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A Sun-like star ends its life by casting off its outer layers of gas, which form a cocoon around the star's remaining core. Ultraviolet light makes the material glow. The burned-out star, called a white dwarf, is the white dot in the center.

Credit: NASA, ESA, and K. Noll (STScI)

Acknowledgment: The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

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