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May 3, 2004 09:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2004-46

Demise in Fire and Ice

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May 3, 2004: The Bug Nebula, NGC 6302, is one of the brightest and most extreme planetary nebulae known. The fiery, dying star at its center is shrouded by a blanket of icy hailstones. This NASA Hubble Wide Field Camera 2 image shows impressive walls of compressed gas, laced with trailing strands and bubbling outflows.

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Credit: NASA, ESA and A.Zijlstra (UMIST, Manchester, UK)