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    DR 6 nebula (The Galactic Ghoul) is a star forming cloud of gas and dust located some 3,900 light-years away in the constellation Cygnus. The center (or “nose”) of the nebula is roughly 3.5 light-years long and contains a cluster of about 10 massive newborn stars, ranging in size from 10 to 20 times the mass of our Sun. - Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/S.Carey (Caltech)

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    A monster lurking behind a blanket of cosmic dust is unveiled in this 2004 Halloween image from Nasa's Spitzer Space Telescope. Resembling a ghoul with two hollow eyes and a screaming mouth, this cloud of newborn stars was uncovered by Spitzer's heat-seeking infrared eyes. Picture: NASA/JPL-Caltech/S.Carey/REX

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A photogenic group of nebulae can be found in Chamaeleon, a constellation visible predominantly in skies south of the Earth's equator. Towards Chamaeleon, dark molecular clouds and bright planetary nebula NGC 3195 can be found. Visible near the center of the above photograph is a reflection nebula surrounding a young bright star. On the lower right, a dark molecular cloud blocks the light from stars behind it.

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The Red Spider Planetary Nebula shows the complex structure that can result when a normal star becomes a white dwarf star. Officially tagged NGC 6537, this two-lobed symmetric nebula houses one of the hottest white dwarfs ever observed, probably as part of binary star system. Internal winds emanating from the central stars, shown in the central inset, have been measured in over 300 k/second. These hot winds expand the nebula, flow along the nebula's walls, and cause gas and dust to collide.

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