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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Astronomy Tuesday


This is the Dumbbell Nebula, number 27 on our friend Monsieur Messier's list of Things That Are Not Comets.

Small to mid-sized stars like our sun don't die in a blaze of supernova glory; they become planetary nebulae like this, throwing off layers of gas that bloom and eventually fade, while the parent star settles into sensible retirement as a white dwarf.

Image Credit and Copyright: Bill Snyder (Bill Snyder Photography)

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