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November 5, 1998 09:00 AM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-1998-38

Great Balls of Fire! Hubble Sees Bright Knots Ejected From Brilliant Star

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Image: Detail of the Star Wr124 and the Surrounding Nebula M1-67

Detail of the Star Wr124 and the Surrounding Nebula M1-67

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Detail of the star WR124 and the surrounding nebula M1-67. The massive, hot central star is known as a Wolf-Rayet star. This extremely rare and short-lived class of super-hot star is going through a violent, transitional phase characterized by the fierce ejection of mass. The blobs may result from the furious stellar wind that does not flow smoothly into space but has instabilities which make it clumpy. This black and white image was made in the light of atomic hydrogen. The contrast has been increased to emphasize the fine detail in the nebula near the central star.

Object Names: M1-67, WR124

Image Type: Astronomical

Credit: Yves Grosdidier (University of Montreal and Observatoire de Strasbourg), Anthony Moffat (Universitie de Montreal), Gilles Joncas (Universite Laval), Agnes Acker (Observatoire de Strasbourg), and NASA

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