The weird cosmic close-up of the eastern Veil Nebula, a mark of the Halloween season.
Stars usually create their most artistic displays as they die. Low-mass stars like our Sun and M2-9 (pictured above) Butterfly Nebula, transform themselves from normal stars to white dwarfs by casting off their outer gaseous envelopes. The expanded gas often forms an impressive display called a planetary nebula that fades gradually over thousand of years. Hubble Legacy Archive, NASA, ESA – Processing: Judy Schmidt