Formation of the Southern Crab Nebula (artist's impression)

This artist's impression of the formation of Southern Crab nebula illustrates its hourglass-shared structure, that has been created by the interaction between a pair of stars at its centre: a red giant and a white dwarf. The red giant is shedding its outer laters in the last phase of its life before it too lives out its final years as a white dwarf.

Credit:

ESA/Hubble, M. Kornmesser

About the Image

Id:heic1907c
Type:Artwork
Release date:18 April 2019, 16:00
Related releases:heic1907
Size:3840 x 2500 px

About the Object

Type:Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Supernova Remnant
Category:Illustrations

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