Dimitris Tselios

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MyCn18: The sands of time are running out for the central star of this hourglass-shaped planetary nebula. With its nuclear fuel exhausted, this brief, spectacular, closing phase of a Sun-like star's life occurs as its outer layers are ejected - its core becoming a cooling, fading white dwarf.

Hubble picture of the Engraved Hourglass Nebula (also known as MyCn is a young planetary nebula situated in the southern constellation Musca about light-years away from Earth. The formation of the shape of the inner "eye" is not yet fully understood.