IRAS 20068+4051 (2013)
I think this is almost the last preplanetary nebula in the Hubble archive. I’m not sure if I should be sad that there aren’t that many or happy that this many had their pictures taken. They are elusive and marvelous. I am definitely happy to live in a time when the HST exists. What kind of images will future telescopes look at? Will these amazing glimpses into our galaxy look feeble and inferior to some yet unborn stargazer? I love Hubble, but I do hope that its successors achieve this.
North is NOT up. It’s 35° counter-clockwise from up.
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