Chris McKitterick (mckitterick) wrote,
Chris McKitterick
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Astro-image of the day: death of a Sun-like star

The star in the image below is in the process of dying, casting off its outer layers to create this dramatic nebulosity (NGC 2440). The burned-out star has dropped out of the Main Sequence of star types and is now a white dwarf, the white dot in the center. This is the same fate that awaits the Sun in about five billion years.

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Chris
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