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  • Released Thursday, April 23, 2015
  • Updated Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 12:35PM
  • ID: 11838

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The Hubble Space Telescope celebrates 25 years of exploring the cosmos.

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Colors in this heavenly image of NGC 2818 represent ionized gases, including nitrogen (red), hydrogen (green) and oxygen (blue).

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Before Hubble, scientists could not make out the details of the delicate rings in the Hourglass Nebula.

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Scientists suspect that comet-like blobs with streaming tails give rise to the furry-looking outer layers of the Eskimo Nebula.

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The center of Red Rectangle is a pair of dying stars, orbiting one another in a dense disk of material that funnels dust and gas outward.

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Scientists believe a pair of stars might also be responsible for the multiple lobes of gas spewing from the center of the Ant Nebula.



Credits

Please give credit for this item to:
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
Cover image courtesy of NASA/ESA/HEIC/STScI/AURA/The Hubble Heritage Team
NGC 2818 image courtesy of NASA/The WFPC2 Science Team/JPL/Raghvendra Sahai and John Trauger
Hourglass Nebula image courtesy of NASA/The WFPC2 Science Team/JPL/Raghvendra Sahai and John Trauger
Eskimo Nebula image courtesy of NASA/STScI/ST-ECF/Andrew Fruchter, Sylvia Baggett, Richard Hook, Zoltan Levay
Red Rectangle image courtesy of NASA/ESA/Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium/Hans Van Winckel and University of California, Berkeley/Martin Cohen
Ant Nebula image courtesy of NASA/ESA/STScI/AURA/The Hubble Heritage Team



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