amazing planet nebula in the constellation Cygnus

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has released an exciting new image that was transferred to Earth from the Hubble Space Telescope.


The image shows a planetary nebula in the constellation Cygnus, located about 5,000 light-years away. The thing has a very strange shape.

Planetary nebulae have nothing to do with planets. Such structures are formed when the outer layers of red giants and supergiants are destroyed by a solar mass of 0.8–8 at the final stage of their growth. As a result, a white dwarf is formed.

Abell 78, as the researchers believe, is unusual in that the so-called star is again involved in creation. Thermonuclear activity on the star’s surface leads to ejection of material at high speed. The result of these processes is a change in the structure of the planetary nebula.

We add that the image combines data from the Wide Field Camera 3 on board the Hubble and the Pan-STARRS ground-based telescope system (Panoramic Inspection Telescope and Rapid Response System).