The veil of death
The shining star at the bottom of the image is quite young. It is about 5 million years old, while our Sun has been around for 5 billion years. However, WR 136 is about to take its last breath. With an initial mass estimated at 50 suns, it has already used up all its hydrogen, hence its initial collapse. As a result, it has ejected about half of its mass in the form of a gas bubble that is 30,000 times the size of our solar system. In blue, the particles moving towards us, and in red, those pulling away. WR 136, which is now burning its helium, is condemned to ultimately explode as a supernova or to end up as a black hole.