LOGO TEMP SMALL copyThis Hubble Space Telescope image depicts the spectacular cosmic pairing of the star Hen 2-427 — more commonly known as WR 124 — and the nebula M1-67 which surrounds it.

Both objects are found in the constellation of Sagitta and lie 15,000 light-years away.

The star Hen 2-427 shines brightly at the very center of the image and around the hot clumps of gas are ejected into space at over 150,000 kilometers per hour.

Hen 2-427 is a Wolf–Rayet star, named after the astronomers Charles Wolf and Georges Rayet. Wolf–Rayet are super-hot stars characterized by a fierce ejection of mass.

At an estimated age of around 10,000 years old, the surrounding nebula M1-67 is considered to be just an infant in astronomical terms. Nevertheless, it still presents a magnificent sight.

Based on material provided by ESA/NASA.

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