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Cosmic Wonders: Nebulae
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Cosmic Wonders: Nebulae

A cosmic cloud of gas and dust floating in space, a nebula is one of the basic building blocks of the universe.

Explore the five types of nebulae, find out why these large clouds of matter are sometimes called "star nurseries," and see why a camera is better than the human eye for viewing these stellar beauties.

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1054 Supernova Petrograph

1054 Supernova Petrograph

More than a thousand years ago, Anasazi residents of the Chaco Canyon in New Mexico first saw the "Crab Nebula." Get the details. More...

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Chaco Canyon National Park
The Orion Nebula: A Star Nursery

The Orion Nebula: A Star Nursery

New stars are being born all the time. Travel 1500 light years to the best known and closest "star nursery." More...

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PBS
Who Was Hubble?

Who Was Hubble?

From his mountain perch high above Los Angeles, Hubble set his sights on fuzzy clouds of cosmic light called nebulas — and hit the jackpot. More...

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Exploratorium
Showcase: Nebulae

Showcase: Nebulae

Download "Mystic Mountain," "The Eagle Has Risen," or one of the nearly 300 stunning nebulae images in this Hubble Space Telescope gallery.
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Space Telescope Science Institute
A Planetary Nebula Pair

A Planetary Nebula Pair

How is it that the last gasps of dying stars can look so completely different? Find out. More...

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NASA
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Ask an Astronomer: Nebulae, Gas, and Dust

Ask an Astronomer: Nebulae, Gas, and Dust

Is interstellar dust the same size as household dust? What's the reddening law? Get those answers and more. More...

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ipac/NASA
Nebula

Nebula

Sit back and take a video tour of interstellar space, visiting the Orion, Horsehead, and other nebulae. More...

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BBC
Nebula News

Nebula News

What's new in the world of dying and newborn stars? Get the latest news and dramatic images. More...

Article
Discovery
What Is a Planetary Nebula?

What Is a Planetary Nebula?

For starters, it has nothing to do with a planet. While the name is a misnomer, about 10,000 of these glowing objects exist in the Milky Way alone. More...

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Space.com

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