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planetary nebula NGC 6302 ( the Bug Nebula or the Butterfly Nebula). The Wide Field Camera 3 was installed by NASA astronauts in May 09, to upgrade and repair the 19-year-old Hubble telescope. NGC 6302 lies within our Milky Way galaxy, roughly 3,800 light-years away in the constellation Scorpius. The glowing gas is the star's outer layer. The "butterfly" stretches for more than two light-years - about 1/2 the distance from the Sun to the nearest star, Alpha Centauri.
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A beautiful view of a star in its death throes is featured in a gallery of images sent back by the Hubble Space Telescope after its final shuttle servicing mission in May 2009. The planetary nebula NGC 6302, better known as the Butterfly Nebula or the Bug Nebula, is about 3,800 light-years away in the constellation Scorpius. The features that look like dainty butterfly wings are actually roiling cauldrons of gas heated to more than 36,000 degrees Fahrenheit, blasted away from a dying star bigger
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The Butterfly Nebula. The death of a star very much like the Sun allows us to glimpse our own distant future. As the star’s internal nuclear furnace begins to fail its outer layers are expelled back into space, forming a beautiful ‘Planetary Nebula’. Hubble’s camera is equipped with special colour filters to isolate the light from various chemicals. This image has been coloured to highlight nitrogen in red and sulphur in white [Photo: NASA/ESA and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team]
planetary nebula, catalogued as NGC 6302, but more popularly called the Bug Nebula or the Butterfly Nebula. The Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3), a new camera aboard NASA's Hubble Space Telescope was installed by NASA astronauts in May 2009, during the servicing mission to upgrade and repair the 19-year-old Hubble telescope. NGC 6302 lies within our Milky Way galaxy, roughly 3,800 light-years away in the constellation Scorpius. The glowing gas is the star's outer layers, expelled over about 2,200 year
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A circumhorizontal arc, often called a fire rainbow, is an optical phenomenon in which an ice halo forms by hexagonal, plate-shaped ice crystals in high level cirrus clouds. The halo is so large that the arc appears parallel to the horizon, hence the name.When the sun is very high in the sky, sunlight entering flat, hexagon shaped ice crystals gets split into individual colors just like in a prism. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/301319031294573940/
This is called a fire rainbow (scientific name: circumhorizon arc), a rare and fleeting phenomenon that occurs only under a very particular set of circumstances. The likelihood of seeing one in your lifetime is minuscule unless you live on the Idaho/Washington border, and even there, it is an exceptionally rare occurence. If you do encounter a fire rainbow, you'll find it has a very short lifespan of about an hour at most. The required conditions include: cirrus clouds (thin and wispy) at and altitude of at least 20,000 feet, containing a precise number of ice crystals, and sun rays hitting the clouds at precisely 58 degrees above the horizon. As with all rainbows, the fire rainbow occurs through refraction. Light bounces off of hexagonal ice crystals and separates and refracts to produce this colorful, optical illusion.
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Cat's Eye Nebula (Hubble Photo-NASA) - Pictures of a Dying Star
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The process of life and death is seen within every aspect of our existance and world - and beyond. The Cat's Eye Nebula: Dying Star Creates Fantasy-like Sculpture of Gas and Dust.
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Credit: Nasa/ESA/J Hester and A Loll (Arizona State University) The Crab Nebula (M1) from the Hubble Space Telescope, 2005Stars such as our Sun die slowly, gently expelling their outer layers over millions of years. But for stars more than 10 times as massive as the Sun, the end is extremely violent. When its nuclear fuel runs out, the core of the star collapses, triggering a huge explosion that rips the outer layers of the star apart, blasting them outwards. The Crab Nebu…
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New wonderful Hubble photos from Outer Space - Crab Nebula plus more
Most detailed image of the Crab Nebula: One among the largest ever produced with the Earth-orbiting observatory - shows gives the most detailed view so far of the entire Crab Nebula ever made. The Crab is arguably the single most interesting object, as well as one of the most studied, in all of astronomy. The image is the largest image ever taken with Hubble's WFPC2 workhorse camera. The Crab Nebula is one of the most intricately structured and highly dynamical objects ever observed. The new Hubble image of the Crab was assembled from 24 individual exposures taken with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and is the highest resolution image of the entire Crab Nebula ever made. Photo: NASA, ESA and Allison Loll/Jeff Hester (Arizona State University). Acknowledgement: Davide De Martin (ESA/Hubble)
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Amazing Hubble Space Telescope Photos: Latest Views | Space Images | Space.com Composite image of the galaxy cluster Abell 2744, also known as Pandora's Cluster,
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Thor's Helmet. Explanation: This helmet-shaped cosmic cloud with wing-like appendages is popularly called Thor's Helmet. Heroically sized even for a Norse god, Thor's Helmet is about 30 light-years across. In fact, the helmet is actually more like an interstellar bubble, blown as a fast wind from the bright, massive star near the bubble's center sweeps through a surrounding molecular cloud. Known as a Wolf-Rayet star, the central star is an extremely hot giant thought to be in a brief, pre-supernova stage of evolution. Cataloged as NGC 2359, the nebula is located about 15,000 light-years away in the constellation Canis Major. The sharp image, made using broadband and narrowband filters, captures striking details of the nebula's filamentary structures. It shows off a blue-green color from strong emission due to oxygen atoms in the glowing gas. Credit & Copyright: Star Shadows Remote Observatory and PROMPT/UNC (Steve Mazlin, Jack Harvey, Rick Gilbert, and Daniel Verschatse)
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Thor's Head Nebula, otherwise known as NGC 2359, is located in the constellation of Canis Major and is classified as an emission nebula. An emission nebula is a cloud of ionized gas which emits light in different colors depending on the composition of the star. Located about 15,000 light years away, Thor's Helmet Nebula is about 30 light years in size
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