German educational design studio Kurzgesagt asks:
What is the largest star in the Universe? And why is it that large? And what ARE stars anyway?
Prepare to be enlightened.
Previously: What Is This? Rivendell For Ants?
Behold: NGC 6302, also known as the ‘bug’ or ‘butterfly nebula’ – a vast planetary dust cloud with a dying central star 4,000 light years from Earth in the Scorpion Constellation. This enhancement is based on an especially sharp image recorded by the Hubble Space Telescope in 2009. to wit:
Cutting across a bright cavity of ionized gas, the dust torus surrounding the central star is near the center of this view, almost edge-on to the line-of-sight. Molecular hydrogen has been detected in the hot star’s dusty cosmic shroud.
(Pic: Robert Eder)
Dimi Redier, from 972 Mag, writes:
It’s a SHERIFF shirt for your three-year-old. Obviously. What else could it be?
It even says Sheriff in (transparent, cutout) letters across the star.
Why, what else does it remind you of?
The shirt is produced in Turkey and appears to be available in Zara’s Israeli, French, Albanian and Swedish online stores.