This cosmic butterfly seen by the Hubble Space Telescope is called the Twin Jet Nebula. The glowing and expanding shells of gas clearly visible in this image represent the final stages of life for an old star of low to intermediate mass. The star has not only ejected its outer layers, but the exposed remnant core is now illuminating these layers - resulting in a spectacular light show. Details: http://go.nasa.gov/1KvJhwU Happy #spaceSaturday everyone! Credit: NASA #NASA #universe…
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February 12, 2016In this cosmic snapshot, the spectacularly symmetrical wings of Hen 2-437 show up in a magnificent icy blue hue. Hen 2-437 is a planetary nebula, one of around 3,000 such objects known to reside within the Milky Way.Located within the faint northern constellation of Vulpecula (The Fox), Hen 2-437 was first identified in 1946 by Rudolph Minkowski, who later also discovered the famous and equally beautiful M2-9 (otherwise known as the Twin Jet Nebula). Hen ...
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The Twin Jet Nebula, or PN M2-9, is a striking example of a bipolar planetary nebula, formed when the central object is not a single star, but a binary system. An earlier image of the Twin Jet Nebula using data gathered by Hubble’s Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 was released in 1997. This newer version released on Aug. 26, 2015 incorporates more recent observations from the telescope’s Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph.