A Brief Moment in the Death of a Star Produces Stunning Results

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The Egg Nebula is 3,000 light years from Earth and is a "preplanetary nebula." This look is produced when a dying star's hot remains flare up and illuminate the surrounding cloud of gas and dust.

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Image credit: NASA / ESA / Hubble Heritage Team

This particular image was taken by the Hubble Telescope on November 24, capturing a brief phase in the death of a star.

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[via NBC News]

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AlphonseBrown
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Cosmologists should name this final stellar blaze of glory as "The J.J".