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Picture of the Day - Close-Up of the Dumbbell Nebula

Published by Matt on Wed Nov 17, 2010 4:21 pm via: Hubble ESA
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An aging star’s last hurrah is creating a flurry of glowing knots of gas that appear to be streaking through space in this close-up image of the Dumbbell Nebula, taken with  Hubble Space Telescope.

Close-Up of M27, the Dumbbell Nebula. Credit: NASA/ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Close-Up of M27, the Dumbbell Nebula. Credit: NASA/ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

The Dumbbell, a nearby planetary nebula residing more than 1,200 light-years away, is the result of an old star that has shed its outer layers in a glowing display of colour. The nebula, also known as Messier 27 (M27), was the first planetary nebula ever discovered. French astronomer Charles Messier spotted it in 1764.

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