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This image shows a three-light-year-tall pillar of gas and dust within the Carina Nebula, 7,500 light-years away from Earth in the southern constellation Carina.

Dusty emission in the Tadpole nebula, IC 410, ~12,000 ly away in the northern constellation Auriga. The cloud of glowing gas is over 100 ly across, sculpted by stellar winds & radiation from embedded open star cluster NGC 1893. - Image Credit: WISE, IRSA, NASA; Processing: Francesco Antonucci

Caught within the telescopic field of view are the Soap Bubble (lower right) and NGC 6888, the Crescent Nebula (upper left). Both were formed at a final phase in the life of a star. NGC 6888 was shaped as its bright, central massive Wolf-Rayet star, WR 136, shed its outer envelope in a strong stellar wind. Burning through fuel at a prodigious rate, WR 136 is near the end of a short life that should finish in a spectacular supernova explosion. (NASA APOD - Agasvar Mount Matra, Hungary)