Hubble Space Telescope makes detailed photo of dying star

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Giant star CW Leonis stays in a red carbon web
19:39, 29 October 2021


Hubble Space Telescope, in orbit around the Earth, which is a NASA project, took a detailed photo of the dying star CW Leonis as NASA reported.

“The red giant star CW Leonis as photographed by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope,” the message says.

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CW Leonis is located at a distance of 400 light-years from Earth and it is the closest carbon star. In its atmosphere, carbon prevails over oxygen, which predetermines the surrounding of the star with a red "web".

It is noted that the orange-red "cobwebs" are dusty clouds of sooty carbon engulfing the dying star. They were created from the outer layers of CW Leonis being thrown out into the inky black void. 

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According to the NASA scientists, the bright beams of light radiating outwards from CW Leonis are one of the star's most intriguing features, as they have changed their brightness over 15 years, which is an incredibly short period of time from an astronomical point of view. The start collapses under the influence of gravity in space when its thermonuclear combustion in the core stops.

As we reported, NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance rover failed to complete the first sampling attempt on the Red Planet.

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