The Red Spider

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    The Red Spider Planetary Nebula
    Credit: Garrelt Mellema (Leiden University) et al., HST, ESA, NASA
    Explanation: Oh what a tangled web a planetary nebula can weave. The Red Spider Planetary Nebula shows the complex structure that can result when a normal star ejects its outer gases and becomes a white dwarf star. Officially tagged NGC 6537, this two-lobed symmetric planetary nebula houses one of the hottest white dwarfs ever observed, probably as part of binary star system. Internal winds emanating from the central stars, visible in the center, have been measured in excess of 1000 kilometers per second. These winds expand the nebula, flow along the nebula's walls, and cause waves of hot gas and dust to collide. Atoms caught in these colliding shocks radiate light shown in the above representative-color picture. The Red Spider Nebula lies toward the constellation of Sagittarius. It's distance is not well known but estimated by some to be about 4000 light-years.
     
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    The Red Spider !

    I just love Astronomy! Great picture!

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    I find that a great many people have such interest, myself numbered among them. I post them here that such may enjoy the fruits of the astronomy group labors.
     
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