Release 717 of 1,157

An Old Star Gives Up the Ghost

Release date: Nov 7, 2002 12:00 AM (EST)
Release type: Hubble Heritage

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has caught a glimpse of a colorful cosmic ghost, the glowing remains of a dying star called NGC 6369. The glowing apparition is known to amateur astronomers as the "Little Ghost Nebula," because it appears as a small, ghostly cloud surrounding the faint, dying central star.