WR 124

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Hubble Space Telescope image of the nebula M1-67 around Wolf–Rayet star WR 124.

Rare, massive Wolf-Rayet stars are so tumultuous and hot they are disintegrating right before our telescopes. Glowing gas globs each over 30 times more massive than the Earth are being expelled by a violent stellar wind. Wolf-Rayet star WR 124, visible near the image center, is thus creating the surrounding nebula known as M1-67. Why this star has been slowly blowing itself apart over the past 10,000 years remains unclear. WR 124 is 15,000 light-years away towards the constellation of Sagitta.

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