Ghostly Green Bubble – Planetary nebula IC1295

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Credit: ESO

Stunning new image of planetary nebula IC1295 taken by the Very Large Telescope in Chile.

The object, which resembles a ghostly green bubble is actually nothing to do with a planet but is rather the outer layers of atmosphere of a medium sized star, similar in size to our Sun which have been ejected into surrounding space as it starts to die as it runs out of fuel.

The rather dim and dying star that will gradually become a very feint white dwarf can be seen in the centre.

The object is some 3300 light years away int he constellation of Scutum. The green clour is due to the presence of ionised Oxygen.

Check out the video below:

www.eso.org/public/videos/eso1317a/

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