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Space Photo of the Day for April 2014

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New Dimension: Nebulas Are Even More Amazing in 3-D

Pelican Nebula - in 3D The Pelican Nebula can be found 2,000 light-years away in the realm of the another cosmic bird: the constellation Cygnus, the swan. Animation: J-P Metsavainio

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

A supernova remnant 170,000 light years away in one of the Milky Way's galactic neighbours. This image, taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, shows ambient gas being shocked by the expanding blast wave from the exploding star. Photograph: J Hughes (Rutgers University) and Hubble Heritage team/CXC/SAO/Nasa/ESA

Butterfly Nebula - NGC 6302 (Caldwell 69) is a bipolar planetary nebula in Scorpius. The structure in the nebula is among the most complex ever observed in planetary nebulae. The spectrum of NGC 6302 shows that its central star is one of the hottest stars in the galaxy, with a surface temperature in excess of 200,000 K, implying that the star from which it formed must have been very large

Space Photo of the Day 2013

Stars like the Sun can become remarkably photogenic at the end of their life. A good example is NGC 2392, which is located about 4,200 light years from Earth. NGC 2392, (nicknamed the "Eskimo Nebula") is what astronomers call a planetary nebula. Image: X-ray: NASA/CXC/IAA-CSIC/N.Ruiz et al, Optical: NASA/STScI