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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Hungry? IRAS 18059-3211, the Gomez's Hamburger, is for you!

Hungry? IRAS 18059-3211, the Gomez's Hamburger, is for you!
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Hold the pickles; hold the lettuce. Space is serving up giant hamburgers. The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has snapped a photograph of a strange object that bears an uncanny resemblance to a hamburger. The object, IRAS 18059-3211, nicknamed Gomez's Hamburger, is a sun-like star nearing the end of its life. It already has expelled large amounts of gas and dust and is on its way to becoming a colorful, glowing planetary nebula. The ingredients for the giant celestial hamburger are dust and light. The hamburger buns are light reflecting off dust and the patty is the dark band of dust in the middle.
The full resolution image weighs 1.97 MB, so please be (a little) patient when downloading!
Credit: NASA/ESA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

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