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Anne’s Image of the Day: The WR 134 Ring Nebula

23 Jun 2014, 14:06 UTC
Anne’s Image of the Day: The WR 134 Ring Nebula
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June 23, 2014 The WR 134 Ring Nebula in Cygnus Image Credit & Copyright: Don Goldman, Astrodon Imaging The WR 134 Ring Nebula is a ring-like nebula of gas and dust of more than 50 light-years across, located about 6,000 light-years away from Earth in the northern constellation of Cygnus (the Swan). This image highlights [continue reading]

June 23, 2014
The WR 134 Ring Nebula in Cygnus

Image Credit & Copyright: Don Goldman, Astrodon Imaging
The WR 134 Ring Nebula is a ring-like nebula of gas and dust of more than 50 light-years across, located about 6,000 light-years away from Earth in the northern constellation of Cygnus (the Swan).
This image highlights the bright edge of the ring-like nebula traced by the glow of ionized hydrogen and oxygen gas. Embedded in the region’s interstellar clouds of gas and dust, the complex, glowing arcs are sections of bubbles or shells of material are swept up by the wind from the Wolf-Rayet star WR 134 (also known as HD 191765 and V1769 Cygni), the brightest star near the center of the frame.
Wolf-Rayet (WR) stars are extremely rare (only about 300 are known presently) and short-lived super-hot blue giant stars which start ...

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