|Picture Scramble # 159
||29 March 2002
A Glowing Pool of Light
This planetary nebula, NGC 3132, shows an expanding cloud of
gas, surrounding a dying star, known to amateur astronomers
in the southern hemisphere as the "Eight-Burst" or the
"Southern Ring" Nebula.
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Planetary nebula are huge shells of gas ejected by
stars as they near the ends of their lifetimes. NGC 3132 is
nearly half a light year in diameter, and at a distance of
about 2000 light years is one of the nearer known planetary
nebulae. The gases are expanding away from the central star
at a speed of 9 miles per second.
Courtesy of NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA).
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