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The Hourglass Nebula, 8,000 light years away, has a pinched-in-the-middle look because the winds that shape it are weaker at the centre.

Supernova 1987A occurred in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a galaxy only 160,000 light years from Earth. The outburst was visible to the naked eye, and is the brightest known supernova in almost 400 years.

Ant Nebula (Mz 3) is a young bipolar planetary nebula in the constellation Norma composed of a bright core and four distinct high-velocity outflows that have been named lobes, columns, rays, and chakram.

The Sombrero Galaxy - 28 million light years from Earth - was voted best picture taken by the Hubble telescope. The dimensions of the galaxy, officially called M104, are as spectacular as its appearance. It has 800 billion suns and is 50,000 light years across.

This NASA image shows NGC 5194. M51's stretch of over 60,000 light-years dwarf its companion galaxy, NGC 5195. Credit: Hubble Space Telescope, NASA.

Simeis 147 (Spaghetti Nebula) is a large SN remnant in the constellations of Taurus and Auriga. It is the result of a SN explosion about 40,000 years ago, it is 3000 light years away and about 140 light years across

Thor’s Helmet Nebula - NGC 2359 (also known as Thor's Helmet) is an emission nebula in the constellation Canis Major. The nebula is approximately 15,000 light-years away and 30 light years in size. The central star is the Wolf-Rayet star HD 56925, an extremely hot giant thought to be in a brief, pre-supernova stage of evolution

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Space Pictures This Week: Hubble Bubble, Dusty Dwarf, More

Hubble Bubble

The Hourglass Nebula, 8,000 light years away, has a pinched-in-the-middle look because the winds that shape it are weaker at the centre.

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“Angry Birds Space” Q&A: Your Guide to the Angry Universe

Eagle Nebula roughly 6,500 light years away.

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Hubble Telescope Photos

The Ant Nebula, a cloud of dust and gas, technical name is Mz3. The Nebula lies within our galaxy between 3,000 and 6,000 light years from earth. Photo taken by the Hubble Telescope Photos

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This is What 43,000 Galaxies Look Like On a Map

43,000 Galaxies on a Map / the most complete map of our local universe to date. It took more that ten years to create, has 43,000 galaxies and extends out 380 million light years from the earth. The 3D coordinates of each galaxy was recorded so the raw data could potentially be used to build a realistic 3D model of the universe.