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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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Image: A Dying Star Shrouded by a Blanket of Hailstones Forms the Bug Nebula (NGC 6302)

A Dying Star Shrouded by a Blanket of Hailstones Forms the Bug Nebula (NGC 6302)STScI-PRC2004-46

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ABOUT THIS IMAGE:

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 Plantery Camera 2 image shows impressive walls of compressed gas, laced with trailing strands and bubbling outflows.

Object Names: NGC 6302, Bug Nebula

Image Type: Astronomical

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