Blown by fast winds from a hot, massive star,
this cosmic bubble is huge.
it lies some 5,200 light-years away toward the constellation of
the Big Dog (Canis Major)
and covers slightly more of the sky than a Full Moon.
to a diameter of 60 light-years at its estimated
The massive star that created the bubble, a
is the bright one near the center of the nebula.
Wolf-Rayet stars have over 20 times the mass of the Sun and
are thought to be in a brief,
pre-supernova phase of massive star
Fast winds from this Wolf-Rayet star create the
as they sweep up slower moving material from an earlier phase of evolution.
The windblown nebula has an age of
Relatively faint emission captured in the expansive image
is dominated by the glow of ionized oxygen atoms
mapped to violet hues.
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