The Crescent Nebula

The Hubble telescope has snapped a view of a stellar demolition zone in our Milky Way Galaxy: a massive star, nearing the end of its life, tearing apart the shell of surrounding material it blew off 250, 000 years ago with its strong stellar wind. The shell of material, dubbed the Crescent Nebula (NGC 6888), surrounds the 'hefty, ' aging star WR 136, an extremely rare and short-lived class of super-hot star called a Wolf-Rayet.

Credit:

Brian D. Moore, Jeff Hester, Paul Scowen, Reginald Dufour and NASA/ESA

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo0023a
Type:Collage
Release date:13 July 2000, 07:00
Size:2401 x 3001 px

About the Object

Name:Crescent Nebula, IRAS 20102+3812, NGC 6888
Type:• Milky Way : Star : Type : Wolf-Rayet
• Milky Way : Nebula : Appearance : Emission
• X - Stars Images/Videos
• X - Nebulae Images/Videos
Distance:4500 light years

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BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
OIII
502 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
H-alpha
656 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
SII
673 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2

Notes: The coloured image was captured by the Hubble Space Telescope. The black and white image is from a ground-based telescope.


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