A Dying Star Shrouded by a Blanket of Hailstones Forms the Bug Nebula (NGC 6302)

A Dying Star Shrouded by a Blanket of Hailstones Forms the Bug Nebula (NGC 6302)

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News release ID: STScI-2004-46
Release Date: May 3, 2004
Image Use: Copyright
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The Bug Nebula, NGC 6302, is one of the brightest and most extreme planetary nebulae known. The fiery, dying star at its center is shrouded by a blanket of icy hailstones. This NASA Hubble Wide Field Plantery Camera 2 image shows impressive walls of compressed gas, laced with trailing strands and bubbling outflows.


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Astronomical, Hubble Telescope, Nebulae, Planetary Nebulae

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Credit: NASA, ESA and A.Zijlstra (UMIST, Manchester, UK)