31 Aug '15, 2pm

Hubble spies cosmic butterfly in Twin Jet Nebula

Hubble spies cosmic butterfly in Twin Jet Nebula

Rainbow jets of gas blast away from twin dying stars in a gorgeous new photo snapped by the Hubble Space Telescope . The image, which was released Wednesday, Aug. 26, shows the Twin Jet Nebula. This nebula is the endgame for a pair of stars, each about the mass of the sun, which are shedding dust outward at 621,400 mph (1 million km/h) down the center of two glowing lobes. The European Space Agency's Hubble team also unveiled a new video explaining the awesome colors of the Twin Jet nebula and other dazzling nebula forms. The Twin Jet Nebula, also called PN M2-9, lies 2,100 light-years from Earth. The larger of its two stars has ejected most of its outer layers and is now collapsing down into a white dwarf , and its smaller companion is already one of these superdense stellar corpses. As the star collapses, its orbit with the white dwarf companion whips the ejecting gas in...

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