STScI-2009-25a The bright clusters and
nebulae of planet Earth's night sky
6302 is no exception.
With an estimated surface temperature of about 250,000 degrees C,
the central star of this particular
nebula is exceptionally
hot though -- shining brightly in ultraviolet light but hidden from
direct view by a dense torus of dust.
Above is a
detailed close-up of the
star's nebula recorded by the newly
upgraded Hubble Space Telescope.
Cutting across a bright cavity of ionized gas,
the dust torus surrounding the central star is in the upper
right corner of this view, nearly edge-on to the line-of-sight.
Molecular hydrogen has
recently been detected in this
hot star's dusty cosmic shroud.
6302 lies about 4,000
light-years away in the