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Dumbbell Nebula

Dumbbell Nebula

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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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