Planetary Nebula NGC 40

Planetary Nebula NGC 40

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News release ID: STScI-2009-06
Release Date: Jan 28, 2009
Image Use: Copyright
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Planetary nebulae, like NGC 40, were orignally thought to be associated with planets forming around a star. We now know that these glowing gas shells are the result of outbursts from a dying star. This nebula is rather bright and appears overexposed in the black and white survey image. A Hubble image of this object would be able to capture the subtle details and gorgeous structure not captured here.

Hubble Telescope, Nebulae, Observations, Planetary Nebulae


Credit: Digitized Sky Survey (DSS), STScI/AURA, and Palomar/Caltech, and UKSTU/AAO