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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.