Image of the planetary nebula Henize 2-428 from the Very Large Telescope

This image of the unusual planetary nebula was obtained using ESO’s Very Large Telescope at the Paranal Observatory in Chile. In the heart of this colourful nebula lies a unique object consisting of two white dwarf stars, each with a mass a little less than that of the Sun. These stars are expected to slowly draw closer to each other and merge in around 700 million years. This event will create a dazzling supernova of Type Ia and destroy both stars.

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Auðkenni:eso1505b
Tegund:Athuganir
Útgáfudagur:Feb 9, 2015, 17:00 CET
Tengdar fréttatilkynningar:eso1505
Stærð:2278 x 1834 px

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Nafn:Hen 2-428, Henize 2-428
Tegund:Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Planetary
Fjarlægð:4500 ljósár
Constellation:Aquila
Flokkur:Nebulae

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Position (RA):19 13 5.38
Position (Dec):15° 46' 42.39"
Field of view:4.79 x 3.85 arcminutes
Stefna:Norður er 0.0° vinstri frá lóðréttu

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