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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Astronomy Tuesday

This filmy bubble of icy blue is called the Dolphin Nebula. It's enormous -- about 60 light years in diameter -- especially when you consider that it's the result of a single star (the bright star in the center of the nebula.)

Smaller stars create planetary nebulae as they age, but the star that produced this nebula is what's called a Wolf-Rayet star, at least twenty times the mass of our sun. It's probably in a pre-supernova phase, where hydrogen has been depleted and the core is burning helium.

Image Credit and Copyright: Chilesope 2, Pleaides Astrophotography Team (Peking U.)

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