A Star Is Born

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An infrared image of the Helix Nebula, 700 light years away, taken by the Spitzer Space Telescope.

NASA sez:

The two light-year diameter shroud of dust and gas around a central white dwarf has long been considered an excellent example of a planetary nebula, representing the final stages in the evolution of a Sun-like star.

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