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Planetary Nebula Abell 63

2 May 2017, 13:31 UTC
Planetary Nebula Abell 63 David Jones (Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias)

Planetary nebulae are the glowing shells of gas and dust surrounding newly emerged white dwarf stars. As described in a Nature Astronomy Review by researchers from the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) and the European Southern Observatory (ESO), the formation of their highly aspherical structures can currently only be understood in the context of a binary star scenario, where the influence of a companion star helps shape the mass lost by the nebula progenitor.

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