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The Fried Egg Nebula
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The Fried Egg Nebula

October 1, 2011
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 center, leading astronomers to nickname the object the Fried Egg Nebula.

Credit: ESO/E. Lagadec


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