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.

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.

[via NBC News]