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February 13, 2007 11:00 AM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2007-09

The Colorful Demise of a Sun-like Star

February 13, 2007: This NASA Hubble Space Telescope image shows the colorful "last hurrah" of a star like our Sun. The star is ending its life by casting off its outer layers of gas, which formed a cocoon around the star's remaining core. Ultraviolet light from the dying star then makes the material glow. The burned-out star, called a white dwarf, appears as a white dot in the center. Our Milky Way Galaxy is littered with these stellar relics, called planetary nebulae. Hubble's Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 captured this image of planetary nebula NGC 2440 on Feb. 6, 2007.


Credit: NASA, ESA, and K. Noll (STScI)

Acknowledgment: The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)