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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.
originally posted by: Cobaltic1978
I never get bored of these images.
As Snarl says, imagine if it was our Sun? It's going to happen one day though.
Oh why do we have to live in such a lame and insignificant quadrant of the galaxy, with so much uneventful things all going on. Its so lame. It must drive everybody to boredom.