The 'Rotten Egg' Nebula - a Planetary Nebula in the Making

The object shown in these NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope images is a remarkable example of a star going through death throes just as it dramatically transforms itself from a normal red giant star into a planetary nebula. This process happens so quickly that such objects are quite rare, even though astronomers believe that most stars like the Sun will eventually go through such a phase.

Credit:

NASA & ESA

About the Image

Id:heic9903a
Type:Collage
Release date:19 October 1999, 15:00
Related releases:heic9903
Size:3001 x 2401 px

About the Object

Name:Calabash Nebula, IRAS 07399-1435, Rotten Egg Nebula
Type:• Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Planetary
• X - Nebulae Images/Videos
Distance:4500 light years

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Infrared
K
2.05 μm Hubble Space Telescope
NICMOS
Infrared
H
1.6 μm Hubble Space Telescope
NICMOS
Infrared
Pa-alpha
Hubble Space Telescope
NICMOS
Infrared
K
2.05 μm Hubble Space Telescope
NICMOS

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