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Image of the Week – The Last Gasps of Ailing Stars – 14/04/11

14 Apr 2011, 20:14 UTC
Image of the Week – The Last Gasps of Ailing Stars – 14/04/11
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Nearly a week late, but better late than never! When it comes to displays stars can create some of the most spectacular sights anywhere in the cosmos. Dying stars in particular can create fantastic...

Nearly a week late, but better late than never!
When it comes to displays stars can create some of the most spectacular sights anywhere in the cosmos. Dying stars in particular can create fantastic displays in the final stages of their lives.

NGC 3582 Image Credit: ESO, Digitized Sky Survey 2 and Joe DePasquale
The image shows the fantastic sights of NGC 3582 – A section of the larger star forming region RCW 58 within the Sagittarius arm of our own Milky Way Galaxy. At around nine thousand light years distant (2.76 kiloparsecs), which is about an eleventh of the diameter of the Milky Way, the nebula is reasonably close to us allowing for spectacular high resolution images of the fine structures in contains. It was discovered in March 1834 by english astronomer John Hershel – The son of William Hershel.
The large loop like structures are the result of the dying gasps of massive stars throwing out vast plumes of gas and ...

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