NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) recently captured this color-composite image of the planetary nebula Minkowski 2-9 (M2-9) showing a dying sun-like star. The observations were made using the Faint Object Infrared Camera for the SOFIA Telescope (FORCAST) instrument, and is composed of images obtained at the mid-infrared wavelengths of 20, 24, and 37 microns, of which 37 microns cannot be seen by ground-based telescopes.
NASA/DLR/USRA/DSI/FORCAST team/M. Werner et al./A. Helton, J. Rho