Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Little Dumb Bell

This is the Little Dumb Bell Nebula, named for it's resemblance to the larger Dumb Bell Nebula in a different region of the sky. It is a planetary nebula, and is basically a dying star throwing off it's shells of gas prior to burning out. This will not happen anytime soon, as galactic time is VERY slow compared to what we experience, so we get to enjoy it as pretty scenery for quite a while longer.

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