Chandra X-Ray Observatory has focused in on some spectacular images of dying stars recently. These dying Red Giant stars are pushing off their outer gaseous layers as they die, slowly turning into White Dwarf Stars. These are known as Planetary Nebula because of the beautiful gaseous nebula formations that exist in the region where planets may have once existed. The aim of this project headed by the Rochester Institute of Technology is to better understand how these stars die and why these Planetary Nebula look the way that they do. Ultimately, this will help us understand the death of certain types of main sequence stars and how they affect their local environment.
formation of new star systems. Not only do these pictures help create a greater understanding of our past, future, and the universe that we live in but they are some of the most beautiful pictures of the night sky that we have ever taken and that alone might be worth it.