This week it was revealed that the Hubble Space Telescope has captured another spectacular image of space.
This time, the telescope captured a stunning image of the Calabash Nebula in the middle of the death of a red giant star from within the Nebula.
Calabash Nebula is 1.3 light-years across and is location around 5,000 light-years away from Earth. It is otherwise known as the Rotten Egg because of the large amounts of sulphur that is located within the nebula.
The nickname was given because sulphur sometimes generates a similar smell to that of rotten eggs.
Within the image, you can see the fantastic event of a red giant star that was beginning to shed its outer layers of gas and dust rapidly, accelerating them in opposite directions in the process.
You can see that gas in the yellow of the image, which is moving as fast as 600,000 mph. Elsewhere in the image, you can also see blue, which is the surrounding material that is being pushed out of the way.
Dr. Raghvendra Sahai, the research scientist and a member of the science team at JPL for the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 said the following about the image:
“This new image gives us a rare view of the early death throes of stars like our Sun. For the first time, we can see phenomena leading to the formation of planetary nebulae. Until now, this had only been predicted by theory, but had never been seen directly.”
NASA says that this big acceleration likely started about 800 years ago. They also mentioned that the current pace probably won’t very last very long on a cosmic scale before it transitions to its slowly expanding phase.
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