Dumbbell Nebula

Dumbbell Nebula

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Caption: Dumbbell Nebula. Optical image of the Dumbbell Nebula, also known as Messier 27 and NGC 6853. This is a typical planetary nebula, formed by gas thrown off by a central star near the end of its life. The Dumbbell Nebula is some 1200 light years away in the constellation Vulpecula. 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, cosmology, dumbbell nebula, explosion, fors, gas, glow, m27, messier, nebula, ngc 6853, optical, planetary nebula, science, star death, stellar, symmetry, very large telescope, visible, vlt

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