Release 896 of 1,087

Hubble Telescope Photo Reveals Stellar Death Process

Release date: Jan 16, 1996 9:30 AM (EST)
Release type: American Astronomical Society Meeting

This Hubble telescope picture of planetary nebula NGC 7027 reveals remarkable new details of the process by which a star like the Sun dies. The nebula is a glowing record of the star's final death throes.

New features include faint, blue, concentric shells surrounding the nebula; an extensive network of red dust clouds throughout the bright inner region; and the hot, central white dwarf, visible as a white dot at the center.