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Portrait of a dying star


The telescope of the La Silla Observatory (Chile) of the European Organization for Astronomical Research (ESO) has captured an image of the nebula NGC 3582 in which the gigantic gas loops that are expelled by dying stars are observed and that, according to have pointed out by the experts, they have a "surprising" resemblance to solar bulges.

The nebula NGC 3582 is part of a large star-forming region in the Milky Way called RCW 57, close to the constellation Carina. Astronomer John Herschel was the first to observe this region with a telescope in 1834, when he traveled to South Africa. Scientists suspect that some of the stars that form in this region are much heavier than the Sun so, although they emit a lot of energy, their life span is very short and ends in a supernova explosion. At the time of its death, the "dying" star expels material that forms bubbles in the surrounding gas and dust , creating the visible loops in the image.

The spectacular image was captured through various filters and later processed by ESO with the observational data identified by the American scientist Joe De Pasquale.

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