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Planetary Nebula - Death of a star
At the end of their lives, comparatively lightweight stars like our Sun shed dust and gas which collect around the star. Here we can see dusty planetary nebula surrounding the star at the end of its life. The upper layers will expand and eject material that will collect around the dying star to form a planetary nebula .

Commissioned by the BBC for 'The Sky At Night'

   
 
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