The Butterfly Nebula
Painting - Oil On Canvas
This is a reproduction of a lovely image of the Butterfly Wings of the NGC 6302 Nebula taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. The butterfly wings are actually roiling cauldrons of gas heated to 20,000 Cesius. They are speeding from their origin, a dying star at the center of this planetary nebula. The gas is heated by ultraviolet radiation from the star at 590,000 miles per hour.This is a planetary nebula which is made up of the gas being expelled from a dying star similar to our sun. The nebula is located in the constellation Scorpius and is about 3800 light-years from the Earth. The red areas betray the presence of hydrogen while the white areas betray Sulphur. This iamge was created in July, 2009 by the Wide Field Camera 3.
September 30th, 2018
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