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  NGC 6302 The Bug Nebula
Imaged by Martin S. Ferlito copyright
IMAGE 1 (Film Photography)
Nikon FE2 Kodak E200 ASA film, 50 Minute Guided Expopsure
Schmidt -Cassegrain on Vixen GP Mount, Stepper Driven.
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The Bug Nebula, NGC 6302, is one of the brightest and most extreme planetary nebulae known. At its centre lies a superhot dying star smothered in a blanket of ‘hailstones’. A new Hubble image reveals fresh detail in the wings of this ‘cosmic butterfly’.
At the heart of the turmoil is one of the hottest stars known. Despite an extremely high temperature of at least 250 000 degrees Celsius, the star itself has never been seen, as it shines most brightly in the ultraviolet and is hidden by the blanket of dust, making it hard to observe.
Stars like the Sun end their lives ejecting much of their gas into space. The gas ejections happen over relatively short timescales, from 1000 to 10 000 years, and form some of the most beautiful objects in the night sky - the planetary nebulae. The Bug Nebula lies in the southern constellation of Scorpius and its distance is estimated to be about 4000 light-years.

IMAGE 1 (Film Photography)

IMAGE 2 ( Gstar-Ex LRGB)


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