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Fraser
2006-Jun-06, 06:59 PM
SUMMARY: New images from the Gemini telescope show two paths stars can take as they near the end of their lives. One is NGC 6164-5, an emission nebula with an inverted S-shaped appearance. It's 4,200 light-years away and contains a very massive star ejecting material - it should explode as a supernova in a few million years. The other, NGC 5189, contains a star much more similar to our own Sun. As it nears the end of the its life, the star blowing off its thin atmosphere into space, which collides with previously ejected clouds of gas.

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antoniseb
2006-Jun-06, 07:38 PM
This was an instructive pair of images. Thanks to the Gemini folks for making them available.