Egg Nebula Shown Off in This Cracking Hubble Picture

By Jamie Condliffe on at

A shimmering, multicoloured beacon — like some kind of cosmic lighthouse — this is the Egg Nebula as photographed by the Hubble Space Telescope. The bright shafts of light are pumped out as a central star dies, creating the beautiful colours as they pass through the clouds of gas and dust. [ESA]