Giant ‘Soap Bubble’ Found In Space

Posted By Ben Goulding, 24 July, 2009 | permalink

Planetary NebulaA giant soap bubble has been spotted floating around in space, which astronomers say is a newly discovered planetary nebula.

A planetary nebula is the product that is left when an aging star, which can weight up to eight times the mass of the sun, ejects its outer layers as clouds of luminous gas.

The bubble, which was officially named PN G75.5+1.7 last week, was found by Dave Jurasevich of the Mount Wilson Observatory in California and later by other amateur astronomers.

“It’s a beautiful example,” says Adam Frank of the University of Rochester, New York. “Spherical ones are very rare.”

Personally, I wouldn’t have called it PN G75.5+1.7. That just doesn’t roll off the tongue.

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