December 18, 2012
Day 18 of the 2012 Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calendar, one of 25 photos (eventually).  NGC 3132 is a striking example of a planetary nebula. This expanding cloud of gas, surrounding a dying star, is known to amateur astronomers in the southern hemisphere as the “Eight-Burst” or the “Southern Ring” Nebula. (Hubble Heritage Team, STScI/AURA/NASA/ESA)

Day 18 of the 2012 Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calendar, one of 25 photos (eventually). NGC 3132 is a striking example of a planetary nebula. This expanding cloud of gas, surrounding a dying star, is known to amateur astronomers in the southern hemisphere as the “Eight-Burst” or the “Southern Ring” Nebula. (Hubble Heritage Team, STScI/AURA/NASA/ESA)

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    I read somewhere that in this nebula is actually lit up not by the bright star in the middle, but by the small, faint...
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