Feeds

Hubble snaps mystery green death nebula in NGC 1846

Curious case of dwarf galaxy's possible member loss

Intelligent flash storage arrays

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has captured an image of the death of a star in a nearby dwarf galaxy.

Death of a star in the Globular Cluster NGC 1846

Hubble snapped the shot of the cumbersomely named Globular Cluster NGC 1846, a collection of hundreds of thousands of stars in the outer halo of the Large Magellanic Cloud, in January 2006.

The shot captured the faint green of a planetary nebula, which space boffins aren't even sure should be there.

Aging stars show up in reds and blues, while the middle-aged stars – several billions of years old – are the ones that are whitish in colour. The green bubble in the bottom centre of the picture, however, is the aftermath of the death of a star and a burned-out central star can be seen inside the bubble.

The space agency said it was "uncertain" whether the nebula is a member of NGC 1846 or if it is just in the line of sight of the telescope when the 'scope is pointing at the cluster.

"Measurements of the motion of the cluster stars and planetary nebula's central star suggest it might be a cluster member," NASA said.

Globular Cluster NGC 1846 is around 160,000 light years away from Earth. ®

Intelligent flash storage arrays

More from The Register

next story
Ex-Soviet engines fingered after Antares ROCKET launch BLAST
Speculation rife, but Orbital claims it's too early to tell
Voyager 1 now EIGHTEEN LIGHT HOURS from home
Almost 20 BEEELION kilometres from Sol
MEN: For pity's sake SLEEP with LOTS of WOMEN - and avoid Prostate Cancer
And, um, don't sleep with other men. If that's what worries you
Jim Beam me up, Scotty! WHISKY from SPAAACE returns to Earth
They're insured for $1m, before you thirsty folks make plans
ROGUE SAIL BOAT blocks SPACE STATION PODULE blastoff
Er, we think our ISS launch beats your fishing expedition
NASA: Spacecraft crash site FOUND ON MOON RIM
'What fun!' exlaims NASA boffin who found the LADEE
BAE points electromagnetic projectile at US Army
Railguns for 'Future fighting vehicle'
OK Google, do I have CANCER?
Company talks up pill that would spot developing tumors
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile
Data demand and the rise of virtualization is challenging IT teams to deliver storage performance, scalability and capacity that can keep up, while maximizing efficiency.
Reducing the cost and complexity of web vulnerability management
How using vulnerability assessments to identify exploitable weaknesses and take corrective action can reduce the risk of hackers finding your site and attacking it.