Wednesday, February 14, 2007

nebula NGC 2440 with Sun-like star

This image is taken by NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope! It shows the colorful "last hurrah" of a star like Sun. The star is ending its life. The star, called white dwarf, is the with dot in the center. The planetary nebula in this image is called NGC 2440. The white dwarf at the center of NGC 2440 is one of the hottest known, with a surface temperature of more than 200,000 degrees Celsius.

Credit: NASA, ESA, and K. Noll (STScI)
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