Bright Dragon’s Egg

A pair of brilliant stars is eroding a surrounding cloud of dust in this recent image from the European Southern Observatory. Recent research indicates that the system originally consisted of three stars. Two of the stars slammed together, merging to forming a highly magnetic star and creating the surrounding nebula. Powerful radiation and winds from the stars are destroying the nebula. [ESO/VPHAS+ team. Acknowledgement: CASU]

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