Phenomena

The Bubble Nebula

This spectacular Hubble image shows the Bubble Nebula. The source of this nebula is the star seen toward the upper left side of the bubble. This massive, super-hot star has ceased to fuse hydrogen and is now fusing helium, powering its way to a likely end as a supernova. As it burns, the star emits a stellar wind of gas moving at over 6.4 million kilometers an hour. As the flow moves outward, it encounters colder dense gases that it pushes along as it expands; this is the blue bubble surface that we see. The asymmetry of the bubble with respect to its source star is caused by the variation in the surrounding gas’s density. The bubble’s front moves more slowly in areas with more gas, thus making the bubble appear lop-sided. (Image credit: NASA; via Gizmodo)

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