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Astronomy Picture of the Day -- The Cat's Eye Nebula
| August 26, 2012
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Posted on 08/25/2012 11:40:38 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Explanation: Three thousand light-years away, a dying star throws off shells of glowing gas. This image from the Hubble Space Telescope reveals the Cat's Eye Nebula to be one of the most complex planetary nebulae known. In fact, the features seen in the Cat's Eye are so complex that astronomers suspect the bright central object may actually be a binary star system. The term planetary nebula, used to describe this general class of objects, is misleading. Although these objects may appear round and planet-like in small telescopes, high resolution images reveal them to be stars surrounded by cocoons of gas blown off in the late stages of stellar evolution.
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TOPICS: Astronomy; Astronomy Picture of the Day; Science
KEYWORDS: apod; astronomy; science
posted on 08/25/2012 11:40:50 PM PDT
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That looks like a jewel!
Thank you very much, SunkenCiv!
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posted on 08/26/2012 5:05:13 AM PDT
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One of my favorite things to do on a warm summer night is pull out my Meade SCT telescope and explore planetary nebulae. They don't look like this to the naked eye and are far more subtle, but still beautiful nonetheless.
posted on 08/26/2012 6:25:05 AM PDT
Somebody sent me an email with this picture attached.
He thought it was spectacularly beautiful, and I agree with him.
Thank you, Sensei!
Thank you, Mr. Civilizations!
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