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Witness Me! Hubble Catches Fiery Death Of Red Giant Star

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Timothy Corn
Feb 07, 2017 15:39
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The Calabash Nebula or OH 231.8 04.2 for those of you inclined to respect the technical name of stars is on its final journey to Valhalla.

In a rarely observed astronomical event, the Hubble Space Telescope witnessed the red giant expel its outer layers of gas and dust into space, becoming a planetary nebula.

NASA and the ESA European Space Agency released the image.

In it, the yellow gasses hit speeds of 621,371 miles per hour as they left the dying star.

Thankfully this took place about 5,000 light-years away.

The nebula, known casually as the "Rotten Egg Nebula" because of its heavy concentration of sulfur sits in the constellation of Puppis.

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