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Hubble's Variable Nebula (NGC 2261.) The first official photograph taken through the 200-inch Hale Telescope at Palomar Observatory. The exposure was made by Edwin Hubble from the prime focus observing cage on the night of January 26, 1949. It's a reflection nebula illuminated by a young star known as R Monocerotis (R Mon). Mona Evans, "Palomar Observatory" www.bellaonline.c...
Glowing like a multi-faceted jewel, the planetary nebula IC 418 lies about 2, 000 light-years from Earth in the constellation Lepus. In this picture, the Hubble telescope reveals some remarkable textures weaving through the nebula. Their origin, however, is still uncertain. Credit: NASA/ESA and The Hubble Heritage Team STScI/AURA