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    PSA for Ventura County Astronomical Society – Friday, January 25, 2019

    PSA for Ventura County Astronomical Society – Friday,  January 25, 2019
    The Calabash Nebula, pictured here — which has the technical name OH 231.8+04.2 — is a spectacular example of the death of a low-mass star like the Sun. This image taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows the star going through a rapid transformation from a red giant to a planetary nebula, during which it blows its outer layers of gas and dust out into the surrounding space. The recently ejected material is spat out in opposite directions with immense speed — the gas shown in yellow is moving close to a million kilometres an hour. Astronomers rarely capture a star in this phase of its evolution because it occurs within the blink of an eye — in astronomical terms. Over the next thousand years the nebula is expected to evolve into a fully fledged planetary nebula. The nebula is also known as the Rotten Egg Nebula because it contains a lot of sulphur, an element that, when combined with other elements, smells like a rotten egg — but luckily, it resides over 5000 light-years away in the constellation of Puppis (The Poop deck).

    Ventura County Astronomical Society





    Jan 25 (Fri), 7:15-9 p.m. “To Boldly Go… Well you know.” Dr. Marc Rayman of JPL will give an update on the Dawn Mission.  Launched in September 2007 with futuristic ion powered engines it’s Still Going Strong! Join us for an update with the latest pictures from Dawn – Moorpark College Forum, 7075 Campus Dr. Admission and parking are free.


    PSA for Ventura County Astronomical Society – Fri Jan 25th 2019

    7:15 – 9 pm, Moorpark College Forum

    7075 Campus Rd, Moorpark 93021


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