The remains of a star in Gemini • Earth.com

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.

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

Image Credit: European Space Agency

 

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