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Hubble’s Portrait of Star’s Gaseous Glow

16 Aug 2019, 11:30 UTC
Hubble’s Portrait of Star’s Gaseous Glow ESA/Hubble & NASA, R. Wade

Although it looks more like an entity seen through a microscope than a telescope, this rounded object, named NGC 2022, is certainly not algae or tiny, blobby jellyfish. Instead, it is a vast orb of gas in space, cast off by an aging star. The star is visible in the orb's center, shining through the gases it formerly held onto for most of its stellar life. 

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