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Extremely rare 'space butterfly' captured by ESO telescope

The Independent 31 Jul 2020 08:31

The nebula has two central stars, which is responsible for its rare symmetry

A stunning photo of a bubble of gas that resembles a butterfly has been taken by the European Southern Observatory’s (ESO) Very Large Telescope.

The bubble – known as NGC 2899 – has never before been captured in such detail.

The gas spans as much as two light years from its centre, which is approximately 11.76 trillion miles, and can reach temperatures of up to ten thousand degrees. This is what gives the bubble its glow.

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Only around 10 to 20 percent of all nebulae have this kind of bipolar shape.

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