Astronomers have found a “space butterfly” colored with good blues and clouds of purple and purple hundreds of sunshine years away.
The area phenomenon, named for its resemblance to a butterfly, is definitely a planetary nebula — a giant cloud of fuel that kinds round an historic star that hasn’t but exploded.
The European Space Observatory’s (ESO) aptly named Very Large Telescope, lately captured a vibrant picture of the interstellar object.
It’s often known as NGC 2899 (NGC stands for New General Catalogue, which lists nebulae and different astral our bodies like this one). It’s situated someplace between 3,000 and 6,500 mild years away from Earth within the constellation Vela, which is seen within the Southern Hemisphere.
This planetary nebula is not lengthy for this universe. Ultraviolet radiation lights up the shells of fuel surrounding the star and causes them to shine fairly brightly.
The Very Large Telescope that captured the picture is the “world’s most advanced optical instrument,” based on the ESO.