Zooming in on the unusual planetary nebula Henize 2-428

This video sequence starts with a view of most of the sky and closes in on a new view of the strange  planetary nebula Henize 2-428. The core of this unique object consists of two white dwarf stars, each with a mass a little less than that of the Sun. They are expected to slowly draw closer to each other and merge in around 700 million years. This event will create a dazzling supernova of Type Ia and destroy both stars.


ESO/Digitized Sky Survey 2/N. Risinger (skysurvey.org). Music: movetwo

About the Video

Release date:9 February 2015, 17:00
Related releases:eso1505
Duration:50 s
Frame rate:30 fps

About the Object

Name:Henize 2-428

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