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Inside the Orion Nebula

Orion Nebula

The Great Nebula in Orion, an immense, nearby starbirth region, is probably the most famous of all astronomical nebulas. Can be found with the unaided eye near the easily identifiable belt of three stars in the constellation Orion.   Image ©  R. Villaverde, Hubble Legacy Archive, NASA

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Orion Nebula in Surrounding Dust

Orion Nebula

The impressive Orion Nebula located about 1600 light years away, is inundated with intricate and picturesque filaments of dust.   Image © Robert Fields

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100 planetary nebulas in one image

100 planetary nebulas in one image

An impressive image of 100 planetary nebulas from the Hubble Space Telescope, created by artist Judy Schmidt – Geckzilla.

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Crab Nebula by Herschel and Hubble

Crab Nebula by Herschel and Hubble

A composite view of the Crab nebula, an iconic supernova remnant in our Milky Way galaxy, as viewed by the Herschel Space Observatory and the Hubble Space Telescope.

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Young Pulsar shows its Hand

Young Pulsar shows its Hand

A small, dense object and powerful pulsar only twelve miles in diameter is responsible for this beautiful X-ray nebula that spans 150 light years.

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Coldest Place in the Universe

The Boomerang nebula is the coldest known object in the Universe. Is colder, in fact, than the faint afterglow of the Big Bang, at a cosmologically crisp one degree Kelvin (minus 458 degrees Fahrenheit).   Image © NRAO/AUI/NSF/NASA/STScI/JPL-Caltech

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Wings of a Butterfly Nebula

Wings of a Butterfly Nebula 1

Stars usually create their most artistic displays as they die. Low-mass stars like our Sun and M2-9 (pictured above) Butterfly Nebula, transform themselves from normal stars to white dwarfs by casting off their outer gaseous envelopes. The expanded gas often forms an impressive display called a planetary nebula that fades gradually over thousand of years.    Hubble Legacy Archive, NASA, ESA Processing: Judy Schmidt

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A Beautiful End to a Star’s Life

A Beautiful End to a Star's Life- NGC 2392

NGC 2392 is a planetary nebula, a phase that results when a star like the sun becomes a red giant and sheds its outer layers. It’ s the end to a Star’s life. X-rays from Chandra (pink) shows superheated gas around the dense, hot core of the star.

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Colorful Star Forming Region NGC 3582

Star Forming Region NGC 3582

Bright stars and interesting molecules are forming in the colorful NGC 3582 nebula. The complex nebula resides in the star forming region called RCW 57. Visible in this image are dense knots of dark interstellar dust, bright stars that have formed in the past few million years.

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The unusual Red Rectangle nebula

The unusual Red Rectangle nebula

The Red Rectangle Nebula, so called because of its red color and unique rectangular shape, is a protoplanetary nebula in the Monoceros constellation. Also known as HD 44179, the nebula was discovered in 1973 during a rocket flight associated with the AFCRL Infrared Sky Survey called Hi Star.

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