The bright clusters and nebulae of our night sky are often named after insects or flowers, and NGC 6302 is no exception!
With an estimated surface temperature of around 250,000°C, the central star of this particular planetary nebula is exceptionally hot, though its bright ultraviolet light is hidden from view by a dense ring of dust.
This amazingly detailed close-up image of the dying star’s nebula was captured by the Hubble Space Telescope soon after its upgrade in 2009.
Utterly beautiful and totally awesome
Source: NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day (13th November)