Science and Exploration

Planetary Nebula BD+30-3639

By Keith Cowing
Press Release
November 10, 2021
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Planetary Nebula BD+30-3639
Planetary Nebula BD+30-3639

This composite image of BD+30-3639 shows a hot bubble of multimillion degree gas surrounding a dying, Sun-like star that is about 5,000 light years from Earth.
The distance across the bubble is roughly 100 times the diameter of our solar system.

Image credit: X-ray: NASA/STScI/Univ. MD/J.P.Harrington Larger image

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