A dying star


“Like the star that created the Calabash Nebula, our own sun is a low-mass star which will eventually begin to burn helium and turn into a red giant itself. Once it has exhausted its supply of helium at its core it will shrink and eventually explode into a nebula like the one seen in the photograph, but we can take some small comfort in knowing that we’ll be long gone before that happens, one way or another.”

– Mike Wehner at



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