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NASA.jpg The Butterfly Nebula from Hubble_Image Credit: NASA, ESA, Hubble, HLA:
Reprocessing & Copyright:
Jesús M.Vargas & Maritxu Poyal
Explanation: The bright clusters and nebulae of planet Earth's night sky are often named for flowers or insects. Though its wingspan covers over 3 light-years, NGC 6302 is no exception. With an estimated surface temperature of about 250,000 degrees C, the dying central star of this particular planetary nebula has become exceptionally hot, shining brightly in ultraviolet light but hidden from direct view by a dense torus of dust. This sharp close-up of the dying star's nebula was recorded by the Hubble Space Telescope and is presented here in reprocessed colors. Cutting across a bright cavity of ionized gas, the dust torus surrounding the central star is near the center of this view, almost edge-on to the line-of-sight. Molecular hydrogen has been detected in the hot star's dusty cosmic shroud. NGC 6302 lies about 4,000 light-years away in the arachnologically correct constellation of the Scorpion (Scorpius).

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( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
michira_70
Feb. 11th, 2017 09:07 am (UTC)
What a spectacular sight, really beautiful!
gaeln
Feb. 12th, 2017 08:36 pm (UTC)
I am so glad you enjoyed this! Hubble photos blow my mind :)
spikesgirl58
Feb. 11th, 2017 01:06 pm (UTC)
That is incredible! :D
gaeln
Feb. 12th, 2017 08:35 pm (UTC)
Right? I agree :) and I love your icon!
spikesgirl58
Feb. 12th, 2017 09:45 pm (UTC)
Thanks! It's one of leesa_perrie's!
kinwad
Feb. 11th, 2017 01:15 pm (UTC)
Oh, wow! That's beautiful!
gaeln
Feb. 12th, 2017 08:38 pm (UTC)
I TOTALLY agree :)
mandagrammy
Feb. 11th, 2017 03:53 pm (UTC)
No one does beauty like Mother Nature!
gaeln
Feb. 12th, 2017 08:38 pm (UTC)
Ain't that the truth!
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