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Crab Nebula Shows Its Colors. This is the first clear view of the faint boundary of the Crab Nebula's X-ray-emitting pulsar wind nebula. (NASA, Chandra, 11/5/08)

The bipolar star-forming region called Sharpless 2-106. The 'wings' of the nebula record the contrasting imprint of heat and motion against a backdrop of a colder medium. Twin lobes of super-hot gas stretch outward from the central star. This hot gas creates the 'wings.' A ring of dust & gas orbit-ing the star acts like a belt, clinching the expending nebula into an 'hourglass' shape. In Cygnus