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Beautiful Universe – Pencil Nebula!!

Some 11,000 years ago, people living in the Southern Hemisphere of Earth must have been completely amazed by a ‘short-lived star’ which was sssso bright that it could be seen even in daytime. That suddenly brightened star was at the … Continue reading

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The coolest place in the Universe… literally!!

Located 5000 light years from us, this young planetary nebula called the Bow-Tie Nebula or Boomerang Nebula is till now the coldest place ever detected in the universe. It is just one degree warmer than the lowest limit of temperature … Continue reading

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The Nebula that smells like Rotten Eggs!

The new nebula in my list of favorites – The Calabash Nebula – known commonly as The Rotten Egg Nebulae not because it resembles one but because it smells like one – :p well, at least that is what we expect … Continue reading

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A nebula in our Own Galaxy – The Red Rectangle!

One of the most unusual nebulae of our Milky Way – HD 44179, commonly known as the Red Rectangle is basically a ladder-like structure surrounding a dying sun-like star. This star is now at the end of its lifetime, and … Continue reading

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The Stellar Spire Standing Tall!!

The Statue of a Fairy-tale creature poised on a Pedestal!! This is a 92 trillion km long tower of cold gas and dust in the Eagle Nebula inside which stars are expected to be forming. These star-birth areas are seen … Continue reading

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Mystic Mountains!!

These Mystic Mountains which I would have expected to originate only in the dramatic imagination of some very powerful and colorful dreamer is actually not a fantasy art piece but a real Stellar Nursery in the Cosmic Space. These are … Continue reading

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An Hourglass within An Hourglass!!

No doubt I love these things called Nebulae!! After the Butterfly and the Cat’s Eyes, here is an Hourglass (embedded within another Hourglass!!). This is a planetary nebula in the constellation Centaurus, residing at whose center are two stars – … Continue reading

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