Behold: M27 – the Dumbell Nebula – possibly what will eventually happen to our own sun. To wit:

…the type of nebula our Sun will produce when nuclear fusion stops in its core.,M27 is one of the brightest planetary nebulae on the sky, and can be seen toward the constellation of the Fox (Vulpecula) with binoculars. It takes light about 1000 years to reach us from M27, featured here in colors emitted by hydrogen and oxygen. Understanding the physics and significance of M27 was well beyond 18th century science. Even today, many things remain mysterious about bipolar planetary nebula like M27, including the physical mechanism that expels a low-mass star’s gaseous outer-envelope, leaving an X-ray hot white dwarf.

(Image: Steve Mazlin)

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2 thoughts on “Swole

  1. Slightly Bemused

    I love star gazing, and have looked at this beauty several times. Needless to say the colours my eye makes out in the telescope are not so vivid as this, but there is something wonderful about seeing it for yourself!

    The photos only increase my love of the skies. Thank you for the continuous posting, @Chompsky!

    1. Cú Chulainn

      It’s amazing. A day ago we could gaze upon a photo of what our sun was like a couple or more billion years ago. And today we can gaze at what it will become in a couple more. Life is at once a complete incomprehensible miracle and yet so totally simple it seems impossible not to grasp.

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