VLT/SPHERE image of the star L2 Puppis and its surroundings

Some of the sharpest images ever made with ESO’s Very Large Telescope have for the first time revealed what appears to be an ageing star in the early stages of forming a butterfly-like planetary nebula. These observations of the red giant star L2 Puppis from the ZIMPOL mode of the newly installed SPHERE instrument also reveal a close companion. The dying stages of the lives of stars continue to pose many riddles for astronomers.

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Auðkenni:eso1523a
Tegund:Athuganir
Útgáfudagur:Jún 10, 2015, 12:00 CEST
Tengdar fréttatilkynningar:eso1523
Stærð:1104 x 1104 px

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Nafn:L2 Puppis
Tegund:Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Planetary
Constellation:Puppis
Flokkur:Stars

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Position (RA):7 13 32.32
Position (Dec):-44° 38' 23.07"
Field of view:0.01 x 0.01 arcminutes
Stefna:Norður er 0.0° vinstri frá lóðréttu

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554 nmVery Large Telescope
SPHERE
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554 nmVery Large Telescope
SPHERE
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646 nmVery Large Telescope
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646 nmVery Large Telescope
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