IC 3568 illustration
The end of a sun-like star's life was once thought to be simple: the star gracefully casting off a shell of glowing gas and then settling into a long retirement as a burned-out white dwarf.
Now, a dazzling collection of detailed views released today by several teams of astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope reveals surprisingly intricate glowing patterns spun into space by aging stars: pinwheels, lawn sprinkler style jets, elegant goblet shapes, and even some that look like a rocket engine's exhaust.
NASA & ESA
About the Image
|Release date:||17 December 1997, 06:00|
|Size:||212 x 212 px|
About the Object
|Name:||IC 3568, IRAS 12317+8250|
|Type:||• Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Planetary|
• X - Nebulae Images/Videos
Colours & filters
|555 nm||Hubble Space Telescope|
|814 nm||Hubble Space Telescope|