(KRON/CNN) — NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has captured a rare event — a star going through a rapid transformation from a red giant to a planetary nebula. It sheds its outer layers of gas and dust out into the surrounding space.
It sheds its outer layers of gas and dust out into the surrounding space. The ejected material is blown away in opposite directions with immense speed.
Astronomers say the calabash nebula is a spectacular example of the death of a low-mass star like the sun. And it all happens in “the blink of an eye.”