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March 19, 1998 12:00 AM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-1998-11

Hubble Captures the Shrouds of Dying Stars

March 19, 1998: The Hubble telescope continues to capture stunning, colorful snapshots of stellar burnout. These images reveal the beauty and complexity of planetary nebulae, the glowing relics of Sun-like stars.

This image of NGC 7027, for example, is one of the first infrared views of planetary nebulae taken with Hubble's infrared camera. In this picture, Hubble peers through the dusty core of a young planetary nebula to reveal the bright, central star. This picture also captures a young planetary nebula in a state of rapid transition.

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Credit: W. Latter (SIRTF Science Center/IPAC/Caltech), S. Kwok (U. Calgary), R. Rubin (NASA/Ames), H. Bond (STScI)