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December 17, 1997 12:00 AM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-1997-38

Hubble Witnesses the Final Blaze of Glory of Sun-Like Stars

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Image: Eye-Shaped Planetary Nebula NGC 6826

Eye-Shaped Planetary Nebula NGC 6826

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NGC 6826's eye-like appearance is marred by two sets of blood-red "fliers" that lie horizontally across the image. The surrounding faint green "white" of the eye is believed to be gas that made up almost half of the star's mass for most of its life. The hot remnant star (in the center of the green oval) drives a fast wind into older material, forming a hot interior bubble which pushes the older gas ahead of it to form a bright rim. (The star is one of the brightest stars in any planetary.) NGC 6826 is 2,200 light- years away in the constellation Cygnus. The Hubble telescope observation was taken Jan. 27, 1996 with the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2.

Object Name: GC 6826

Image Type: Astronomical

Credits: Bruce Balick (University of Washington), Jason Alexander (University of Washington), Arsen Hajian (U.S. Naval Observatory), Yervant Terzian (Cornell University), Mario Perinotto (University of Florence, Italy), Patrizio Patriarchi (Arcetri Observatory, Italy) and NASA

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Montage Image: Hubble's Planetary Nebula Gallery Image Type: Astronomical/Annotated Hubble's Planetary Nebula GalleryPRC1997-38b Round Planetary Nebula IC 3568 Image Type: Astronomical Round Planetary Nebula IC 3568 Planetary Nebula NGC 3918 Image Type: Astronomical Planetary Nebula NGC 3918 Two-Lobed Planetary Nebula Hubble 5 Image Type: Astronomical Two-Lobed Planetary Nebula Hubble 5 Planetary Nebula NGC 7009 Image Type: Astronomical Planetary Nebula NGC 7009 Spiral-Structured Planetary Nebula NGC 5307 Image Type: Astronomical Spiral-Structured Planetary Nebula NGC 5307

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