Check out the Space Butterfly Captured Thousands of Light Years Away
The European Space Observatory has released images of “space butterfly” colored with brilliant blues and clouds of purple and red, thousands of years away.
The Butterfly, named after its resemblance to the winged species, is actually a planetary nebula, captured by the Very Large Telescope, stationed in host country Chile, as reported by CNN.
The Planetary nebula, known as NGC 2899, is a giant cloud of gas that forms around an ancient star that hasn’t yet exploded, located somewhere between 3,000 and 6,500 light years away from Earth. The Space Butterfly is situated in the constellation Vela, which can be visible in the Southern Hemisphere.
According to the ESO, the ultraviolet radiation lights up the shells of gas surrounding the star, causing them to shine quite brightly. But this will only last for a few thousand years before they explode, which is a relatively very short life span in Astronomy.
The ESO claimed that the Very Large Telescope which captured the image, as the “world’s most advanced optical instrument.” The accompanying interferometer can illuminate details 25 times finer than the individual telescopes, which is more than 4 billion times fainter than what the human eye could see.