Release 23 of 54
Close-up of M27, the Dumbbell Nebula
Release date: Feb 10, 2003 9:00 AM (EST)
Release type: Hubble Heritage

An aging star's last hurrah is creating a flurry of glowing knots of gas that appear to be streaking through space in this close-up image of the Dumbbell Nebula, taken with NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. The Dumbbell, a nearby planetary nebula residing more than 1,200 light-years away, is the result of an old star that has shed its outer layers in a unique display of color.

Release ID: STScI-2003-06
Release images (5)
Close-Up of M27, the Dumbbell Nebula
Release video
Zoom into Dumbbell Nebula

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

Acknowledgment: C.R. O'Dell (Vanderbilt University)