RING OF FIRE NGC 3132 Can We "Bring a Star to Earth?"
Updated February 13, 2004
Ring of FIRE, NGC 3132, also called the Eight-Burst Nebula or Southern Ring Nebula, is a glowing ring of gas formed from the outer layers of a sun-like star that experienced a cataclysmic explosion. In this color-enhanced Hubble Space Telescope image, blue corresponds with the hottest gases, red with the coolest. The star responsible for this odd structure about 2,000 light-years away is not the bright one in the middle, but a very faint one just above it.
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