Astronomers find image of a white dwarf leaving behind 'Jupiter's Ghost'

In a new observation, astronomers have identified an image of a white dwarf expelling out its outer layers.

By Shruti Saxena | Updated: Feb 03, 2015, 15:06 PM IST
Astronomers find image of a white dwarf leaving behind 'Jupiter's Ghost'
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New Delhi: In a new observation, astronomers have identified an image of a white dwarf expelling out its outer layers.

The event is an example of a celestial leftover, namely 'Jupiter's Ghost'. It is named such as it occupies the same amount of space in the sky which the Jupiter planet itself takes.

The amazing image of the white dwarf shows the gas surrounding the star shapes up in the double-shell structure of the nebula and emit X-rays, shown in blue colour. The cooler concentrations of gas is shown by green glow.

Jupiter's Ghost is located some 3,000 light-years away.

Astronomers expect that our mighty Sun will undergo the same process after it consumes its hydrogen.