Talk:NGC 6302

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Referencing the citations needed notations[edit]

I don't have access to the Nature article where it speculates the first discovery of extrasolar carbonates: "The detection of carbonates in NGC 6302 was made by Ciska Kempers, of the University of Amsterdam, and was published in 2002 in Nature, 415, 295." (nor am I willing to purchase access to the article to satisfy wikipedia's citation needed notations.

The findings and refutation are reported on here: http://www.astrobio.net/exclusive/290/looking-for-carbonates-in-dry-places —Preceding unsigned comment added by Pyrroc (talkcontribs) 02:32, 8 July 2010 (UTC)

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Butterfly Nebula (NGC 6302)

NGC 6302 is a bipolar planetary nebula in the constellation Scorpius. Its central star, a white dwarf that was only recently discovered, is one of the hottest stars in the galaxy, with a surface temperature in excess of 200,000 K, implying that the star from which it formed must have been very large. The central star had escaped detection because of a combination of its high temperature, a dense gaseous and dusty equatorial ring that surrounds it, and the bright background from the star itself. It was not until the Wide Field Camera 3 on the Hubble Space Telescope came into operation that astronomers were able to observe it.

Photo: NASA, ESA and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team
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