Rainbow Image of a Dusty Star

Resembling a rippling pool illuminated by underwater lights, the Egg Nebula offers astronomers a special look at the normally invisible dust shells swaddling an aging star. These dust layers, extending over one-tenth of a light-year from the star, have an onionskin structure that forms concentric rings around the star. A thicker dust belt, running almost vertically through the image, blocks off light from the central star. Twin beams of light radiate from the hidden star and illuminate the pitch-black dust, like a shining flashlight in a smoky room.

The Egg Nebula is located 3, 000 light-years away in the constellation Cygnus. This image was taken with Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys in September and October 2002.

Credit:

NASA/ESA and The Hubble Heritage Team STScI/AURA

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About the Image

NASA press release
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Id:opo0309a
Type:Observation
Release date:3 April 2003, 16:00
Size:1720 x 1020 px

About the Object

Name:Egg Nebula, V1610 Cyg
Type:• Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Planetary
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Distance:1400 light years
Constellation:Cygnus

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