Space Fireworks

Image: Yves Grosdidier (University of Montreal and Observatoire de Strasbourg), Anthony Moffat (Universitie de Montreal), Gilles Joncas (Universite Laval), Agnes Acker (Observatoire de Strasbourg), and NASA/ESA

Did you enjoy spectacular fireworks display yesterday on Fourth of July? (Well, maybe not those of you in San Diego, though that is spectacular on its own right).

Take a look at these celestial fireworks set off millions of years ago. This one above is from the start WR124:

This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope picture of the energetic star WR124 reveals it is surrounded by hot clumps of gas being ejected into space at speeds of over 150,000 kilometres per hour, somewhat resembling an aerial fireworks explosion.

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