Planetary Nebula NGC 6072

Planetary Nebula NGC 6072

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News release ID: STScI-2009-06
Release Date: Jan 28, 2009
Image Use: Copyright
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NGC 6072 is called a planetary nebula, but it has nothing to do with planets. The nebula is really all that remains after the death of a star. When medium-sized stars run out of fuel, they shed their outer layers into space – something like blowing a smoke bubble amongst the stars. At the center rests the dying ember of the core of the star. Planetary nebulae can exhibit amazing and intricate structures.

Nebulas, Observations, Planetary Nebulas


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