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Hubble reveals a stunning cosmic couple

Hubble images show the spectacular cosmic pairing of the star Hen 2-427  and the nebula M1-67 which surrounds it in the constellation of Sagittarius and lie 15,000 light-years away.

The star shines brightly at the centre of the surrounding gas clouds being ejected into space at more than 150,000 km/h.

Hen 2-427 is a Wolf–Rayet star, named after the astronomers Charles Wolf and Georges Rayet – super-hot stars characterized by a fierce ejection of mass. The nebula M1-67 is “young” – no more than 10,000 years old.

Bill Condie

Bill Condie

Bill Condie is a science journalist based in Adelaide, Australia.

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