RING OF FIRE NGC 3132 Can We "Bring a Star to Earth?"

Forum on the Future of Fusion

Fusion Power Associates

November 19-21, 2003

Updated April 22, 2004

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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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