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January 28, 2009 12:00 PM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2009-06

Hubble's Next Discovery, You Decide

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Image: Planetary Nebula NGC 40

Planetary Nebula NGC 40

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Planetary nebulae, like NGC 40, were orignally thought to be associated with planets forming around a star. We now know that these glowing gas shells are the result of outbursts from a dying star. This nebula is rather bright and appears overexposed in the black and white survey image. A Hubble image of this object would be able to capture the subtle details and gorgeous structure not captured here.

Object Name: NGC 40

Image Type: Astronomical

Credit: Digitized Sky Survey (DSS), STScI/AURA, and Palomar/Caltech, and UKSTU/AAO

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The above image is part of a montage:

Montage Image: Candidate Objects for 'Hubble's Next Discovery -- You Decide' Image Type: Astronomical/Illustration Candidate Objects for 'Hubble's Next Discovery -- You Decide'PRC2009-06b Star-Forming Region NGC 6334 Image Type: Astronomical Star-Forming Region NGC 6334 Planetary Nebula NGC 6072 Image Type: Astronomical Planetary Nebula NGC 6072 Spiral Galaxy NGC 5172 Image Type: Astronomical Spiral Galaxy NGC 5172 Edge-on Galaxy NGC 4289 Image Type: Astronomical Edge-on Galaxy NGC 4289 Interacting Galaxies Arp 274 Image Type: Astronomical Interacting Galaxies Arp 274

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