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Hourglass Nebula, a planetary nebula
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- Title Hourglass Nebula, a planetary nebula
- Released 30/06/2006 2:29 pm
- Copyright Raghvendra Sahai and John Trauger (JPL), the WFPC2 science team, and NASA
This image shows a planetary nebula. A sun-like star has undergone 'death tremors' at the end of its life. The star had difficulty in getting enough fuel to keep up its nuclear furnace, and has now shed off some of its surface material in two directions.