A weird new image captures the Skeleton Nebula illuminated by a three-star system, just in time for Halloween.
The Skull Nebula (officially named NGC 246) is located in the constellation Cetus (Whale) about 1,600 light years.use Large telescope In Chile, the European Southern Observatory (ESO) has taken a new image of a creepy nebula that bears a striking resemblance to a skull floating in space.
NGC 246 is Planetary nebula It consists of a pair of closely connected stars orbited by a third outer star.Nebulae are the dusty remnants of star explosions during which Sun-like star Exhausted its outer layer, leaving a glowing white dwarf star.
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The bright white dwarf is one of the two stars at the center of NGC 246. However, white dwarfs also have dark red dwarf stars, which are not visible in the new ESO image.These two stars orbit each other Binary pairThe third star orbits in turn, and its distance is about 1900 times the space between the earth and the sun.
“These three stars together established NGC 246 as the first known planetary nebula, Triple star system At its center”, according to ESO’s statement.
New images were taken using the FOcal Reducer and Low Dispersion Spectrometer 2 or FORS2 (instrument installed on Antu), one of the VLT telescopes at Paranal Observatory.
A new view of the Skull Nebula captures the remaining capillary cloud of gas and dust Star explosion. The hydrogen (red) and oxygen (light blue) in the nebula seemed to glow, illuminating the skull’s face against the dark background of interstellar space.
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