This gorgeous, gaseous shroud of a dying sunlike star, planetary nebula Abell 36, lies a mere 800 light-years away in the constellation of Virgo.
Shrugging off its outer layers, the nebula's central star is contracting and becoming hotter, evolving towards a final white dwarf phase. In fact, in Abell 36, the central star is estimated to have a surface temperature of over 73,000 K, compared to the Sun's present 6,000 K temperature. Learn more: http://buff.ly/1hEyvYV
(Image Credit & Copyright: Adam Block, Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter, Univ. Arizona)