Happy Easter, space advocates!
This is the Egg Nebula. At the center of the nebula lies a star that is is casting away shells of gas and dust, slowly transforming itself into a white dwarf star.
Spanning about one light year toward the constellation of Cygnus, the Egg Nebula is a rapidly evolving pre-planetary nebula. As you can see, the dust shells further out from the center reflect light from this star, but the star itself is blocked by the thick dust of its transformation.
This image is false-color coded to highlight the orientation of polarization.
This picture was taken by the Advanced Camera for Surveys on the Hubble Space Telescope.
NASA, partnered with the ESA and CSA, is managing the development of the big follow-up to Hubble: the almost-finished James Webb Space Telescope. The JWST will have a 6.5-meter primary mirror and is slated for a 2018 launch date.
Take action now. Tell Congress that you support doubling funding for NASA so that upcoming telescopes can be completed faster and without budget worries.http://penny4nasa.org/take-action
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