He2-90

Astronomers using NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have stumbled upon a mysterious object that is grudgingly yielding clues to its identity. A quick glance at the Hubble picture at top shows that this celestial body, called He2-90, looks like a young, dust-enshrouded star with narrow jets of material streaming from each side. But it's not. The object is classified as a planetary nebula, the glowing remains of a dying, lightweight star. But the Hubble observations suggest that it may not fit that classification, either.

Credit:

NASA/ESA, Raghvendra Sahai (NASA/ESA Jet Propulsion Laboratory), Lars-Ake Nyman (European Southern Observatory, Chile & Onsala Space Observatory, Sweden).

About the Image

NASA press release
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Id:opo0024a
Release date:31 August 2000, 07:00
Size:3000 x 2400 px

About the Object

Name:He2-90
Type:• X - Stars Images/Videos
• X - Miscellaneous Images/Videos

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