The Cat's Eye Nebula is a "planetary nebula," created when a dying, Sun-sized star ejects its outer layers of gas into space. This nebula will be visible until its gas dissipates into space over the course of about 10,000 years.
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Dying Star Creates Fantasy-like Sculpture of Gas and Dust
Publication: July 24, 2006