The Hubble Just Took a Gorgeous New Image of the Southern Crab Nebula's Wonky Gas Bubbles

Live Science | 4/19/2019 | Staff
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Twenty years ago, the Hubble Space Telescope revealed a giant crab in the sky. Now, just before its 29th birthday (Hubble was launched into space April 24, 1990), the telescope again trains its lenses on the Southern Crab Nebula to provide the world with a stunning reminder that, a) the cosmos is mysterious and beautiful, and, b) launching giant cameras into space is a really neat idea.

The Southern Crab Nebula sits in the constellation Centaurus, about 7,000 light-years away from Earth. What look like the legs and pincers of a cosmic crab are actually twin bubbles of gas and dust burped out by a pair of stars at the nebula's center. This celestial Odd Couple is composed of one red giant — a huge, dying star in the process of molting its outer shell of matter — and one white dwarf — the tiny, dead husk...
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