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Anne’s Image of Today: The Phantom Streak Nebula

3 Jul 2014, 13:34 UTC
Anne’s Image of Today: The Phantom Streak Nebula ESA/Hubble and NASA
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July 3, 2014 The Phantom Streak Nebula, a planetary nebula in Aquila Image Credit: ESA/Hubble and NASA The Phantom Streak Nebula (NGC 6741) is a planetary nebula located some 7,000 light-years away in the northern constellation of Aquila (the Eagle). It is receding from us at approximately 42.9 kilometers per second. Although fairly bright, this [continue reading]

July 3, 2014
The Phantom Streak Nebula, a planetary nebula in Aquila

Image Credit: ESA/Hubble and NASA
The Phantom Streak Nebula (NGC 6741) is a planetary nebula located some 7,000 light-years away in the northern constellation of Aquila (the Eagle). It is receding from us at approximately 42.9 kilometers per second.
Although fairly bright, this object appears very small through a typical telescope and was missed by early surveyors of the skies and only spotted in 1882 by the American astronomer and physicist Edward Charles Pickering.
When a star with a mass up to eight times that of the Sun runs out of fuel at the end of its life, it blows off its outer shells and begins to lose mass. This allows the hot, inner core of the star (collapsing from a red giant to a white dwarf) to radiate strongly, causing ...

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