Published On: Mon, Feb 8th, 2016

Hubble Image of a Week – The Icy Blue Wings of Hen 2-437

This newly diminished Hubble picture shows heavenly effluvium Hen 2-437.

In this vast snapshot, a spectacularly exquisite wings of Hen 2-437 uncover adult in a pretentious icy blue hue. Hen 2-437 is a heavenly nebula, one of around 3000 such objects famous to reside within a Milky Way.

Located within a gloomy northern constellation of Vulpecula (The Fox), Hen 2-437 was initial identified in 1946 by Rudolph Minkowski, who after also detected a famous and equally pleasing M2-9 (otherwise famous as a Twin Jet Nebula). Hen 2-437 was combined to a catalog of heavenly effluvium over dual decades after by astronomer and NASA wanderer Karl Gordon Henize.

Planetary nebulae such as Hen 2-437 form when an aging low-mass star — such as a Sun — reaches a final stages of life. The star swells to turn a red giant, before casting off a gaseous outdoor layers into space. The star itself afterwards solemnly shrinks to form a white dwarf, while a diminished gas is solemnly dense and pushed outwards by stellar winds. As shown by a remarkably pleasing appearance, Hen 2-437 is a bipolar effluvium — a element ejected by a failing star has streamed out into space to emanate a dual icy blue lobes graphic here.

Credit: ESA/Hubble NASA

Acknowledgement: Judy Schmidt

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