Zoom Into CW Leonis

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope celebrates Halloween this year with a striking observation of the carbon star CW Leonis, which resembles a baleful orange eye glaring from behind a shroud of smoke.

CW Leonis glowers from deep within a thick shroud of dust in this image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. Lying roughly 300 light-years from Earth in the constellation Leo, CW Leonis is a carbon star — a luminous type of red giant star with a carbon-rich atmosphere. The dense clouds of sooty gas and dust engulfing this dying star were created as the outer layers of CW Leonis itself were thrown out into the void.

Credit:

ESA/Hubble, NASA, Dark Energy Survey/DOE/FNAL/NOIRLab/NSF/AURA, Digitized Sky Survey 2,  E. Slawik, N. Risinger, M. Zamani
Music: tonelabs - Happy Hubble (tonelabs.com)

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Id:heic2112c
Release date:28 October 2021, 17:00
Related releases:heic2112
Duration:01 m 00 s
Frame rate:25 fps

About the Object

Name:CW Leonis
Category:Stars

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