Picture Album: Close-Up of M27, the Dumbbell Nebula

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Close-Up of M27, the Dumbbell Nebula

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Glowing knots of gas from a dying star look like they're streaking through space. The dense knots, which form in the early stages of a planetary nebula, each contain as much mass as three Earths.

Image Credit: NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Acknowledgment: C.R. O'Dell (Vanderbilt University)

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