Did you know that a Planetary Nebula is created by a dying star?
Hubble Space Telescope View of the Cat's Eye Nebula (click for image)

This is the Cat's Eye nebula. It is the first known example of a planetary nebula, which is gas and dust ejected by a dying star. The star has finished its main sequence (hydrogen-burning) lifetime and has collapsed into a white dwarf (center). Shells of gas surrounding the star were ejected by winds when the star was a red giant. The shells of gas are expanding into space and will ultimately fade from view. Photo Credit: Prof. J.P. Harrington (U. Maryland) Sept. 18, 1994.

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