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Astro-Entomology? Ant-like Space Structure Previews Death of Our Sun
Release date: Feb 1, 2001 1:00 AM (EST)
Release type: Hubble Heritage

From ground-based telescopes, this cosmic object -- the glowing remains of a dying, Sun-like star -- resembles the head and thorax of a garden-variety ant. But this dramatic Hubble telescope image of the so-called "ant nebula" (Menzel 3, or Mz 3) shows even more detail, revealing the "ant's" body as a pair of fiery lobes protruding from the dying star.

Release ID: STScI-2001-05
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The Ant Nebula (Menzel 3): Fiery Lobes Protrude From Dying, Sun-like Star
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Mz 3 Pan/Zoom Sequence

Image Credit: NASA, ESA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Acknowledgment: R. Sahai (Jet Propulsion Lab) and B. Balick (University of Washington)