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How to Make a Real Shooting Star! – Starts With A Bang

How to Make a Real Shooting Star! – Starts With A Bang

It is a familiar sight to sky enthusiasts with even a small telescope. There is much more to the Ring Nebula (M57) however than can be seen through a small telescope. The easily visible central ring is about one light-year across but this remarkably deep exposure - a collaborative effort combining data from three different large telescopes - explores the looping filaments of glowing gas extending much farther from the nebula's central star. This remarkable composite image includes narrowband…

It is a familiar sight to sky enthusiasts with even a small telescope. There is much more to the Ring Nebula (M57) however than can be seen through a small telescope. The easily visible central ring is about one light-year across but this remarkably deep exposure - a collaborative effort combining data from three different large telescopes - explores the looping filaments of glowing gas extending much farther from the nebula's central star. This remarkable composite image includes narrowband…

n-a-s-a:        NGC 3132: The Eight Burst Nebula        Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

n-a-s-a: NGC 3132: The Eight Burst Nebula Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Secrets of the Celestial Harp

Secrets of the Celestial Harp

The "Ring Nebula" - An Emission Nebula.The Ring Nebula is in the constellation Lyra, light-years from earth. Once a star similar to our own sun, the nebula was formed when the star exploded, releasing gasses from its outer shell into space.

The Chandra X-ray Observatory captures the beauty of a star coming to the end of its life. Composite image of planetary nebula NGC 2392.

The Chandra X-ray Observatory captures the beauty of a star coming to the end of its life. Composite image of planetary nebula NGC 2392.

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