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Glowing Eye of the Doomed


The Glowing Eye of NGC 6751

Image Credit & Copyright: NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope & the Hubble Heritage Team.

6,500 light years away in the constellation Aquila (The Eagle) is NGC 6751; a star whose life has finally met its end. Stars to some extent can be personified as they are born from a cocoon-like state, age, mature and upon death; some live fast and die young while others are more efficient, take care of themselves and live much longer than their peers. When it’s time to go, some like to go out with a bang, leaving behind a ghost that continues to haunt the universe in the form of a black hole. Others, like NGC 6751 here, like to leave a legacy in the form of a planetary nebula for others to study for many millennia to come. Either way, they have returned from whence they came.

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