Oh no you didn’t cut off that nebula and create a terrible tangent at the edge of the composition. ...Yep, you did. Oh, Hubble.
Composition aside, NGC 2440 is a lovely nebula. Cloudy tendrils seem to reach vainly toward their progenitor but they are destined to be blown away and eventually dissipate into the vacuum of space; such a fleeting vision. Maybe one day the matter shed from this star will find its way into another star, planet or some living being. No one can say for sure.
Red: hst_11090_04_wfpc2_f658n_wf_sci + hst_11090_04_wfpc2_f675w_wf_sci
Green: hst_11090_04_wfpc2_f656n_wf_sci + hst_11090_04_wfpc2_f555w_wf_sci
Blue: hst_11090_04_wfpc2_f502n_wf_sci + hst_11090_04_wfpc2_f439w_wf_sci
North is NOT up.
Hubble data is public domain, but I put a lot of work into combining it into beautiful color images. The minimal credit line should read: NASA / ESA / J. Schmidt
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