Release 11 of 77

NASA's Hubble Finds Stellar Life and Death in a Globular Cluster

Release date: Nov 22, 2011 9:00 AM (EST)
Release type: Hubble Heritage

A new NASA Hubble Space Telescope image shows globular cluster NGC 1846, a spherical collection of hundreds of thousands of stars in the outer halo of the Large Magellanic Cloud, a neighboring dwarf galaxy of the Milky Way that can be seen from the southern hemisphere. The most intriguing object, however, doesn't seem to belong in the cluster. It is a faint green bubble in the white box near the bottom center of the image. This so-called "planetary nebula" is the aftermath of the death of a star.