June 8, 2021                                                    report

Astronomers probe planetary nebula NGC 6302 with Hubble

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2021-06-09 01:30:06

June 8, 2021 report

by Tomasz Nowakowski , Phys.org

Using the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), astronomers have conducted near-ultraviolet through near-infrared observations of a young planetary nebula (PN) known as NGC 6302. Results of the monitoring campaign, presented May 28 on arXiv.org, could help us better understand the nature of this PN.

PNe are expanding shells of gas and dust that have been ejected from a star during the process of its evolution from a main sequence star into a red giant or white dwarf. They are relatively rare, but are important for astronomers studying the chemical evolution of stars and galaxies.

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