Hubble's blue bubble
|WR 31a [Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, Judy Schmidt]|
Unfortunately, the lifecycle of a Wolf–Rayet star is only a few hundred thousand years—the blink of an eye in cosmic terms. Despite beginning life with a mass at least 20 times that of the sun, Wolf–Rayet stars typically lose half their mass in less than 100,000 years. And WR 31a is no exception to this case. It will, therefore, eventually end its life as a spectacular supernova, and the stellar material expelled from its explosion will later nourish a new generation of stars and planets.
Source: NASA [February 27, 2016]