image of the week features another +Hubble Space Telescope
marvel. This dramatic burst of colour shows a cosmic object with an equally dramatic history. Enveloped within striking, billowing clouds of gas and dust that form a nebula known as M1-67, sits a bright star named Hen 2-427 (otherwise known as WR 124).
This star is just as intense as the scene unfolding around it. It is a #WolfRayet
star, a rare type of star known to have very high surface temperatures. The star, thought to be a massive one in the later stages of its evolution, blasted the material comprising #M167
out into space some 10 millennia ago – perhaps in multiple outbursts – to form an expanding ring of ejecta.
Read more: http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2016/08/Hubble_s_fireball
Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA Acknowledgement: J. Schmidt (geckzilla.com