Planetary nebula

Planetary nebula

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Credit: EUROPEAN SOUTHERN OBSERVATORY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Caption: Planetary nebula IC4406. Optical image of IC4406, a bipolar planetary nebula with an unusual 'rectangular' appearance. The nebula consists of gas thrown off in a cylindrical shell by a central star close to the end of its life, and is about 3500 light years from Earth. This image was made using the 8.2-metre Very Large Telescope 'Antu' at the Cerro Paranal Observatory, Chile.

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Keywords: astronomy, astrophysics, bipolar, cosmology, explosion, gas, glow, ic 4406, nebula, optical, planetary nebula, rectangle, science, star death, star universe, stellar, ut1, very large telescope, visible, vlt

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