Hubble Space Telescope catches death of a star

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The red giant is in the final death stages

Spectacular images from the Hubble Space Telescope show the violent death of star very similar to our sun.

The Calabash Nebula is about 5,000 light years away. The pictures show the star transforming from a red giant to a planetary nebula.

In the final death stages, the outer layers are blown out leaving clouds of dust and gas. It's also known as the "rotten egg nebula" because it contains high amounts of sulfur - which smells like rotten eggs.

Astronomers rarely get the chance to see this kind of process because of how quickly it occurs.

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