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NASA Shares Image Of Dazzling 'Necklace Nebula' That Looks Like Cosmic Diamonds

Published May 03 2021 at 6:28 PM GMT
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  • The Hubble Space Telescope captured new images of the Necklace Nebula, a dazzling cluster of stellar bodies which the European Space Agency (ESA)"describes as "a diamond necklace of cosmic proportions.
  • Born out of the interaction between two doomed stars, the intergalactic sight-to-see is located about 15,000 light-years away from Earth in the Sagitta Constellation.
  • Appropriately named for its glamorous appearance, the Necklace Nebula formed its unique structure roughly 10,000 years ago, when an aging star widened and absorbed a smaller, neighboring star, producing what astronomers refer to as a "common envelope.
  • Bright, tightly packed gas clumps compose the diamond-like ring of debris, also known by its scientific name PN G054.
  • 4"h pair of stars which created the Necklace Nebula remain so close together " separated by only several million miles ' that they appear as a single bright dot in the center of this image.



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  • Published May 3, 2021 6:28 PM GMT