Release 732 of 1,083

Hubble Surveys Dying Stars in Nearby Galaxy

Release date: Mar 9, 2000 1:00 AM (EST)

From ground-based telescopes, the glowing gaseous debris surrounding dying, sun-like stars in a nearby galaxy, called the Large Magellanic Cloud, appear as small, shapeless dots of light. But through the "eyes" of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, these bright dots take on a variety of shapes, from round- to pinwheel-shaped clouds of gas.