Before I get this article started with scientific facts, I just want to assure all the readers out there that “death of a star” is referring to the celestial type of star. I write a lot of entertainment news, and I can see how one might get confused and think that this headline was talking about some celebrity ODing on Sunset Blvd. or something. No: I am, in fact, talking about a star out in space. Besides, if I was talking about a celebrity kind of star, I don’t think that would be a very good use of NASA’s Hubble Telescope.
Now that that disclaimer is out of the way, let’s get into the interesting stuff. NASA’s Hubble Telescope did indeed capture the death of a star—the Calabash Nebula, as it’s called. The star, which had been roughly the size of our sun, went through a rapid transformation from a red giant into a planetary nebula, with gasses traveling at about 621,371 miles per hour.
According to astronomers, this is the perfect example of the death of a star similar, again, to our own sun. So that’s reassuring.