Eskimo nebula

Eskimo nebula

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This image is part of the feature Hubble Space Telescope 25th Anniversary
This image is part of the feature 25 Years Of The Hubble Space Telescope


Caption: Eskimo nebula. Hubble Space Telescope (HST) image of the Eskimo planetary nebula (NGC 2393). Planetary nebulae are formed when a Sun-like star ejects its outer layers at the end of its life. These form bubbles of gas illuminated by the dying star's radiation. This star (centre) began ejecting matter around 10,000 years ago, and the fastest material is travelling at 1.5 million kilometres per hour. The Eskimo nebula is 5000 light years from Earth. This image was taken by the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 on the HST on January 10-11th 2000, the first image taken after the HST's December 1999 repair mission.

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Keywords: 1st after repair, astronomy, cosmology, eskimo, eskimo nebula, hst imagery, hst post-repair, hubble image, nebula, ngc 2393, planetary, planetary nebula, science, star death, stellar

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