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The Helix Nebula, lies 650 light-years away, in the constellation of Aquarius. It is a typical example of a class of objects called planetary nebula. Planetary nebulae are actually the remains of stars that once looked a lot like our sun. These stars spend most of their lives turning hydrogen into helium in massive runaway nuclear fusion reactions in their cores. In fact, this process of fusion provides all the light and heat that we get from our sun.
The strikingly unusual planetary nebula, NGC 6751. Glowing in the constellation Aquila like a giant eye, the nebula is a cloud of gas ejected several thousand years ago from the hot star visible in its center.
NGC 7293: The Helix Nebula. Only 700 ly from Earth, in the constellation Aquarius, a sun-like star is dying. This image shows details of the Helix's brighter inner region, about three light-years across, but also follows fainter outer halo features that give the nebula a span of well over six light-years. The white dot at the Helix's center is this Planetary Nebula's hot, central star.