The Fried Egg Nebula

This picture of the nebula around a rare yellow hypergiant star called IRAS 17163-3907 is the best ever taken of a star in this class and shows for the first time a huge dusty double shell surrounding the central hypergiant. The star and its shells resemble an egg white around a yolky centre, leading astronomers to nickname the object the Fried Egg Nebula.

Credit:

ESO/E. Lagadec

About the Image

Id:eso1136a
Type:Observation
Release date:28 September 2011, 12:00
Related releases:eso1136
Size:1280 x 1280 px

About the Object

Name:IRAS 17163-3907
Type:Milky Way : Star : Type : Exotic
Milky Way : Nebula
Distance:13000 light years
Category:Nebulae
Stars

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