NASA Shares Stunning Image of X-Shaped Red Rectangle Nebula

NASA has shared an image of a nebula captured by its Hubble Space Telescope that looks like a deep tunnel in space. The nebula is formed by a dying star, named HD 44179, which has been shedding its outer layers for about 14,000 years. The star is similar to the Sun, but it is dying and giving off gas and other material, which gives it a very distinctive shape. The star is surrounded by an extraordinary structure known as the red rectangle – called a moniker because of its shape and apparent color when viewed from Earth.

But, when captured by Hubble Binocularly, the nebula looks like an “X” with distance lines of bright gas separated by colours.

“This nebula shines like a light inside us” Galaxy, NASA written on instagram,

The Red Rectangle Nebula is located about 2,300 light-years from Earth toward the constellation Monoceros, which in Latin means “unicorn.” It is located in the northern sky.

In a few million years, as one of the central stars becomes depleted of nuclear fuel, the red rectangle nebula will likely blossom into a planetary nebula, according to nasa,

According to ESAThe red rectangle was first discovered during a rocket flight in the early 1970s, during which astronomers were searching for strong sources of infrared radiation. And the name “red rectangle” was coined by astronomers Martin Cohen and Mike Merrill in 1973, before Hubble revealed the nebula’s complex X-shape. ESA jointly launched the Hubble Space Telescope with NASA.

The light of the Red Rectangle Nebula is strange and its composition is food for vision. The X-shape suggests that something is preventing the star’s atmosphere from having a uniform expansion and thus remains a hot topic of current research.

The Hubble Telescope was launched into space on the Discovery Shuttle in April 1990. Since then, it has captured enigmatic images of deep space.