Tag: CL 618

The beginning of the end for a star

By Phil Plait | March 29, 2011 7:00 am

Every now and again I’ll see an image of an astronomical object and think, what the heck?

CRL 618 is definitely one such object!

This Hubble image threw me for a sec: it looks like a planetary nebula, but where’s the central star? What are those long fingers of matter? So I started going through the scientific literature and found some good explanations. And I learned something!

CRL 618 is a star announcing it’s on its way to becoming a planetary nebula.
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