Cosmic Starfish  by  Tom Chao In the constellation of Aquila…




Cosmic Starfish 

by  Tom Chao

In the constellation of Aquila (the Eagle), a dying star known as IRAS 19024+0044 ejects a starfish-shaped cloud of gas and dust, as it slowly makes the transition to a white dwarf surrounded by a planetary nebula. Five blue lobes extend from the central star, although their formation is not entirely understood. 

(via: Space.com)  (image: ESA/Hubble, NASA and R. Sahai)