Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Hubble Supernova Bubble Resembles Holiday Ornament

December 14, 2010: A delicate sphere of gas, photographed by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, floats serenely in the depths of space. The pristine shell, or bubble, is the result of gas that is being shocked by the expanding blast wave from a supernova.

Object Name: SNR 0509
Image Type: Astronomical
Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
Acknowledgment: J. Hughes (Rutgers University)

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