Hubble spots the Twin Jet Nebula’s butterfly wings

Hubble spots the Twin Jet Nebula's butterfly wings
Image credit: ESA/Hubble and NASA
Date:2 September 2015 Tags:, , ,

Pictured here is the Twin Jet Nebula, also known as PN M2-9, as captured by the Hubble Space Telescope. This image, a newer version of the original captured in 1997, shows how the gas from the two sides of the nebula stretches outwards from a central star system.

NASA reports that the shape of the nebula’s wings is most likely because of the motion of the system’s two central stars around each other. Researchers believe that, as the dying star and white dwarf orbit around each other the gas from the dying star is pulled away in two wing-like stretches, instead of amassing in the centre.

Astronomers suspect the Twin Jet Nebula was only created 1 200 years ago and is constantly growing.

Image credit: ESA/Hubble and NASA

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