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The Butterfly Nebula is only thousands of years old. As a central star of a binary system aged, it threw off its outer envelopes of gas in a strong stellar wind. The remaining stellar core is so hot it ionizes the ejected gas, causing it to glow. The different colors of this planetary nebula are determined by small differences in its composition. This bipolar nebula will continue to shine brightly for only a few thousand more years, after which its central star will become a white dwarf…

The Butterfly Nebula is only thousands of years old. As a central star of a binary system aged, it threw off its outer envelopes of gas in a strong stellar wind. The remaining stellar core is so hot it ionizes the ejected gas, causing it to glow. The different colors of this planetary nebula are determined by small differences in its composition. This bipolar nebula will continue to shine brightly for only a few thousand more years, after which its central star will become a white dwarf…

Stargazers Capture Stunning Running Man Nebula Photo - Astrophotographers Bob and Janice Fera took this image of NGC 1973, also known as the Running Man Nebula, on Jan. 2 to Jan. 4, from Eagle Ridge Observatory in Foresthill, Calif. (http://www.feraphotography.com/)

Stargazers Capture Stunning Running Man Nebula Photo - Astrophotographers Bob and Janice Fera took this image of NGC 1973, also known as the Running Man Nebula, on Jan. 2 to Jan. 4, from Eagle Ridge Observatory in Foresthill, Calif. (http://www.feraphotography.com/)

A star's spectacular death in the constellation Taurus was observed on Earth as the supernova of 1054 A.D. Now, almost a thousand years later, a superdense neutron star left behind by the stellar death is spewing out a blizzard of extremely high-energy particles into the expanding debris field known as the Crab Nebula.

A star's spectacular death in the constellation Taurus was observed on Earth as the supernova of 1054 A.D. Now, almost a thousand years later, a superdense neutron star left behind by the stellar death is spewing out a blizzard of extremely high-energy particles into the expanding debris field known as the Crab Nebula.

Crab Nebula, which in 1054 was kind enough to explode in spectacular fashion for observers on earth to marvel at.

Crab Nebula, which in 1054 was kind enough to explode in spectacular fashion for observers on earth to marvel at.

Ghost WorldCredit: Adam Block/Mount Lemmon SkyCenter/University of ArizonaWednesday, November 21, 2012: Reflection nebula vdB4 is a associated with young open star cluster NGC 225, often called the Sailboat Cluster, in constellation Leo Minor. Image obtained in October 2012.

Ghost WorldCredit: Adam Block/Mount Lemmon SkyCenter/University of ArizonaWednesday, November 21, 2012: Reflection nebula vdB4 is a associated with young open star cluster NGC 225, often called the Sailboat Cluster, in constellation Leo Minor. Image obtained in October 2012.

The Popol Vuh is an unexpected astronomy book  . IMore info than modern data on astronomy. The "Hand of God is a nebula from ages past; onlyto be seen now with the Hubble. Funny names for astronomy books sometimes give great information.  For more info  http://www.mayalords.org

The Popol Vuh is an unexpected astronomy book . IMore info than modern data on astronomy. The "Hand of God is a nebula from ages past; onlyto be seen now with the Hubble. Funny names for astronomy books sometimes give great information. For more info http://www.mayalords.org

#Nebula #Star #Glow. High resolution (1920x1080) wallpaper of this image available at http://www.mindblowingpicture.com/wallpaper/space/wpgsqvqg.html

#Nebula #Star #Glow. High resolution (1920x1080) wallpaper of this image available at http://www.mindblowingpicture.com/wallpaper/space/wpgsqvqg.html

The Red Spider Planetary Nebula (Oct 29 2012)  Image Credit & Copyright: Carlos Milovic, Hubble Legacy Archive, NASA  Explanation: Oh what a tangled web a planetary nebula can weave. The Red Spider Planetary Nebula shows the complex structure that can result when a normal star ejects its outer gases and becomes a white dwarf star. Officially tagged NGC 6537, this two-lobed symmetric planetary nebula houses one of the hottest white dwarfs ever observed, probably as part of a binary star…

The Red Spider Planetary Nebula (Oct 29 2012) Image Credit & Copyright: Carlos Milovic, Hubble Legacy Archive, NASA Explanation: Oh what a tangled web a planetary nebula can weave. The Red Spider Planetary Nebula shows the complex structure that can result when a normal star ejects its outer gases and becomes a white dwarf star. Officially tagged NGC 6537, this two-lobed symmetric planetary nebula houses one of the hottest white dwarfs ever observed, probably as part of a binary star…

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