APR 15, 2015 05:47 PM PDT

From Hubble, the Butterfly Nebula

The Butterfly Nebula taken by the Hubble Space Telescope

"The Butterfly Nebula shows what happens to a star at the end of its life, when it loses all of its gas and dust to its surroundings. Not only is this a reminder to the eventual fate of our own Sun and Solar System, but Hubble's unique ability to witness this event in a star's long life cycle sheds light on how stars evolve."
- Jason Kalirai, project scientist, James Webb Space Telescope, Space Telescope Science Institute
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  • Andrew J. Dunlop lives and writes in a little town near Boston. He's interested in space, the Earth, and the way that humans and other species live on it.
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