Radio telescope images reveal nebula's heart of carbon

ALMA takes detailed look at elements surrounding dying star

By Ashley Yeager, 12:50 PM September 5, 2013

New high-resolution images of a planetary nebula show carbon atoms concentrated in a small region near its center. The images are the most detailed radio telescope observations to date of atoms swirling about a dying star.

Made of a star once five times the mass of the sun, planetary nebula NGC 6302 sits about 3,800 light-years from Earth in the constellation Scorpius. Scientists are interested in getting a close-up of its carbon, hydrogen and oxygen to understand the chemical environment in a...

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