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When a massive star dies, it blows away its gas in a violent supernova explosion. This image shows detailed knots and filamentary ribbons of glowing gas of Kepler's supernova remnant, from a star that died in 1604 and which was observed by German astronomer Johannes Kepler.

CREDIT: NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA).

Source:
http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2004/29/image/n/