Stars can turn into swirling cosmic pinwheels near the end of their lives. Cases in point, NGC 6302, known as the Butterfly nebula for its wing-like appearance, and NGC 7027, dubbed Jewel Bug for its resemblance to an insect with a colorful shell. Newly captured images from the Hubble Space Telescope show in incredible detail how stars went haywire within NGC 7027 causing a new celestial cloverleaf pattern to emerge. Images of NGC 6302 show a pair of stars at the center of the nebula ejecting matter into the unusual and spellbinding butterfly-shaped gas and dust clouds. The new Hubble images are helping researchers understand the mechanisms of the underlying chaos.
TJ Lubinsky discussed his love of oldies music and his work bringing it to local PBS stations, as well as plugged the upcoming TV special, It's What's Happening Baby. Open Lines followed in the latter half of the program.