Jul 12

Hubble Sees Red Giant Blow a Bubble

Source: NASA Hubble Space Telescope

Image credit: ESA/NASA.

 Camelopardalis, or U Cam for short, is a star nearing the end of its life. As it begins to run low on fuel, it is becoming unstable. Every few thousand years, it coughs out a nearly spherical shell of gas as a layer of helium around its core begins to fuse. The gas ejected in the star’s latest eruption is clearly visible in this picture as a faint bubble of gas surrounding the star.(read more)

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