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NASA’s Hubble telescope captures stunning cosmic ‘holiday wreath’ image

This Hubble image shows RS Puppis, a type of variable star known as a Cepheid variable. (NASA)

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope recently captured a stunning image that resembles a holiday wreath in the cosmos.

The beautiful image shows the star RS Puppis, at the center, surrounded by what the space agency calls a “gossamer cocoon of reflective dust that is illuminated by the twinkling stars.

This particular star is 200 times larger than the Sun, according to NASA.

RS Puppis brightens and dims over a six-week cycle, and is one of the most luminous in the class of so-called cepheid variable stars, Space Telescope Science Institute explains. It has an average intrinsic brightness 15,000 times greater than the luminosity of the Sun.

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“Hubble took a series of photos of light flashes rippling across the nebula in a phenomenon known as a ‘light echo.’ Even though light travels through space fast enough to bridge the gap between the Earth and the Moon in little more than a second, the nebula is so large that the reflected light can be photographed by the nebula,” NASA explained in a statement.

Of course, this is not the first time that NASA has us excited with images from space.

Images revealed during NASA’s Juno mission recently in the spell of the internet. Space enthusiasts saw a wide range of “creatures” in the colourful clouds of Jupiter.

Fox News’ Jennifer Earl contributed to this report.

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