Butterfly Wings in Space

I visit the NASA Photo website quite often and am always impressed by the images we can see from their telescopes.

Most of the time, while I am awed and amazed, I decide against using an image on the archive because it is just “wow”.

Occasionally there is the “WOW” image.
This is one such.



Cauldrons of gas resembling butterfly wings and heated to more than 20,000 degrees Celsius tear across space at nearly 1,000,000km/h (fast enough to travel from Earth to the moon in 24 minutes). A dying star that was once about five times the mass of the Sun has ejected its envelope of gases and is unleashing a stream of ultraviolet radiation that is making the cast-off material glow. Photo released September 9, 2009.

6 responses to “Butterfly Wings in Space

  1. That is a “WOW” picture!!!!


  2. From the Hubble Telescope, if I’m not mistaken. Glorious photos from there.


  3. Just looked at the NASA site, full page image over there – beautiful !


  4. That s indeed a WOW photo!


  5. The sights created by the Gods of the Universe for human appreciation are truly amazing.


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