Butterfly Nebula

Butterfly Nebula

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Caption: Butterfly Nebula. Optical image of the Butterfly Nebula, also known as NGC 6302. This is a bipolar planetary nebula formed from hydrogen gas thrown off by a star near the end of its life. The Butterfly is 2200 light years from Earth in the constellation Saggitarius. This image was made using the 8.2-metre Very Large Telescope 'Antu' at the Cerro Paranal Observatory, Chile.

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Keywords: antu, astronomy, astrophysics, bipolar, butterfly nebula, cosmology, debris, explosion, gas filaments, glow, hydrogen, nebula, ngc 6302, planetary nebula, science, star death, stellar, symmetry, ut1, very large telescope, vlt, vlt imagery

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