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News release ID: STScI-1999-32
Release Date: Aug 24, 1999
Image Use: Copyright
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The red giant sheds much of its outer layers in a stellar wind. The white dwarf helps concentrate the wind along a thin equatorial plane. The white dwarf accretes some of this escaping gas forming a disk around the itself.

Hubble Telescope, Illustrations, Nebulae, Planetary Nebulae