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Panning across the planetary nebula Abell 33

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This pan video gives a close-up look at an eye-catching new image of planetary nebula Abell 33 taken using ESO’s Very Large Telescope in Chile. Created when an aging star blew off its outer layers, this beautiful blue bubble is, by chance, aligned with a foreground star, and bears an uncanny resemblance to a diamond engagement ring. This cosmic gem is unusually symmetric, appearing to be almost perfectly circular on the sky.

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ESO/Digitized Sky Survey 2. Music: movetwo

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Id:eso1412b
Release date:9 April 2014, 12:00
Related releases:eso1412
Duration:50s

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Type:• X - Nebulae

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