There’s nothing gentle or delicate about this butterfly. Despite its pleasant appearance, the Butterfly Nebula has a dying star at its centre that has a temperature of 250,000C.
The creation of stars is a violent process that produces intense heat and radiation. It also produces incredibly beautiful images.
It figures that this close to Halloween, something wicked would show up in the stars. Astronomers can call this a nebula if they want; you and I both know that it’s a demon spawn of intergalactic proportions.