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January 16, 1996 09:30 AM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-1996-05

Hubble Telescope Photo Reveals Stellar Death Process

An American Astronomical Society Meeting Release

January 16, 1996: This Hubble telescope picture of planetary nebula NGC 7027 reveals remarkable new details of the process by which a star like the Sun dies. The nebula is a glowing record of the star's final death throes.

New features include faint, blue, concentric shells surrounding the nebula; an extensive network of red dust clouds throughout the bright inner region; and the hot, central white dwarf, visible as a white dot at the center.

Credit: H. Bond (STScI) and NASA