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Hubble Reopens Eye on the Universe, 2000.

Hubble Reopens Eye on the Universe, 2000.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 32cm


In its first glimpse of the heavens following the succesful December 1999 servicing mision, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope captured a majestic view of a planetary nebula, the glowing remains of a dying, Sun-like star. This stellar relic, first spied by William Herschel in 1787, is nicknamed the "Eskimo" Nebula (NGC 2392) because, when viewed through ground-based telescopes, it resembles a face surrounded by a fur parka. In this Hubble telescope image, the "parka" is really a disk of material embellished with a ring of comet-shaped objects, with their tails streaming away from the central, dying star.

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