Last update: December 13th, 2019 at 8:00 am
Today’s Image of the Day from the European Space Agency features NGC 2371-2, a dual lobed planetary nebula in the constellation of Gemini.
The nebula appears southwest of the star Castor at a distance of 4,400 light years from the Earth.
NGC 2371-2 formed when a Sun-like star died an explosive death, blasting off its outer layers and leaving behind only a remnant.
In this photograph, the remnant appears as an orange-tinted star centered between the two lobes.
Over the next few thousand years, the lobes will completely disappear and the remnant star will cool to form a white dwarf.
Image Credit: European Space Agency