This ultraviolet image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer is  of the planetary nebula NGC 7293 also known as the Helix Nebula.
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Planetary Nebula NGC 7293 also Known as the Helix Nebula

Ultraviolet image of the planetary nebula NGC 7293 also known as the Helix Nebula. It is the nearest example of what happens to a star, like our own Sun, as it approaches the end of its life when it runsout of fuel, expels gas outward and evolves into a much hotter, smallerand denser white dwarf star.

Image details

ID#:
PIA07902

Date added:
2005-05-05

Target:
Helix Nebula

Mission:
Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)

Spacecraft:
GALEX Orbiter

Instruments:
GALEX Telescope

Size:
2448 x 1880 pixels (width x height)

Rating:



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Full-Res TIFF:
PIA07902.tif (13.82 MB)

Full-Res JPG:
PIA07902.jpg (0.58 MB)

Image credit:
NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSC