One look at this mind-blowing image of a dying star, captured by Hubble, and you’ll think that there’s no way this is an actual space image. However, it really is “one of the last ‘breaths’ of a distant, dying star – Camelopardis is nearing the end of its life, but is so far away that it would normally appear as a single pixel in an image of this size.” Continue reading for a video and more information.

The gas ejected in the star’s latest eruption is clearly visible in this picture as a faint bubble of gas surrounding the star. U Cam is an example of a carbon star, a rare type of star with an atmosphere that contains more carbon than oxygen. Due to its low surface gravity, typically as much as half of the total mass of a carbon star may be lost by way of powerful stellar winds.