Awesome Astronomy Pictures Of The Week

Image credit: ESA/Hubble and NASA

Here are 8 of some of the coolest astronomy photos released in the last week…

1. Star HD 44179

HD 44179
Credit: ESA/Hubble and NASA

The Red Rectangle is an unusual example of what is known as a proto-planetary nebula. These are old stars, on their way to becoming planetary nebulae. Once the expulsion of mass is complete a very hot white dwarf star will remain and its brilliant ultraviolet radiation will cause the surrounding gas to glow. The Red Rectangle is found about 2 300 light-years away in the constellation Monoceros (the Unicorn).

Source: Spacetelescope.org

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