Hubble Surveys Dying Star in the Large Magellanic Cloud

From ground-based telescopes, the glowing gaseous debris surrounding dying, sun-like stars in a nearby galaxy, called the Large Magellanic Cloud, appear as small, shapeless dots of light. But through the 'eyes' of the Hubble Space Telescope, these bright dots take on a variety of shapes, from round to pinwheel-shaped clouds of gas.

Credit:

D. Malin, Anglo-Australian Observatory/Royal Observatory, Edinburgh, Scotland, NASA/ESA; L. Stanghellini, R. Shaw, C. Blades, and M. Mutchler, Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, Md.; and B. Balick, University of Washington, Seattle, Wash

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo0009a
Type:Collage
Release date:9 March 2000, 07:00
Size:3001 x 2401 px

About the Object

Name:IRAS 05240-6948, Large Magellanic Cloud, LMC, SMP 10, SMP 16, SMP 27, SMP 30, SMP 4, SMP 93
Type:• Local Universe : Nebula : Type : Planetary
• X - Nebulae Images/Videos
• X - Galaxies Images/Videos
Distance:170000 light years

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Hubble Space Telescope
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