planetary nebulae

Why do Planetary Nebulae Look the Way They Do?

Planetary nebulae are the most beautiful objects in the night sky. Their gossamer shells of gas are otherworldly and evocative.…

2 years ago

What Decides the Shape of Planetary Nebulae? Whatever’s Orbiting a Star When it Dies

Planetary nebulae are some of the most beautiful objects in the galaxy, spanning a variety of shapes and sizes. They're…

2 years ago

Here’s a New Planetary Nebula for Your Collection: CVMP 1

Some stars die a beautiful death, ejecting their outer layers of gas into space, then lighting it all up with…

3 years ago

The Future of Our Sun is Still a Bit of a Puzzle. What Will Happen When it Dies?

A new study by an international team of astronomers has demonstrated with scientific confidence what will happen to our Sun…

4 years ago

A Primer on Cosmic Sprinklers

The planetary nebula Fleming 1, as seen with ESO’s Very Large Telescope. Credit: ESO/H. Boffin The neat thing about planetary…

10 years ago

How Much Do Binary Stars Shape Planetary Nebulae?

[/caption]  Planetary nebulae come in a dazzling array of shapes, from spherical shells of gas, to blobby structures barely containing…

11 years ago

A Newly Discovered Planetary Nebula Teaches Us About Galactic Composition

Determining the chemical distribution of the galaxy is a tricky business. The ideal method is spectroscopy but since high quality…

11 years ago

Hubble Spies an Amazing Cosmic Spiral

[/caption] The Hubble Space Telescope’s Advanced Camera for Surveys has captured a remarkable image of a spiral in space. No,…

12 years ago