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.

Credit:

NASA & ESA

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo9738i
Type:Collage
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
Distance:15000 light years

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
V
555 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Infrared
I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2

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