The Engraved Hourglass Nebula

MyCn18The Engraved Hourglass Nebula (also known as MyCn18) is a young planetary nebula about 8,000 light-years away from Earth. MyCn18’s hourglass shape is probably the result of expansion of a fast stellar wind from a dying star within a slowly expanding cloud which is denser near its equator than its poles.

Image Credit: NASA

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    • The face in the eye looks like one of the elves in the Christmas edition of “Viscera Cleanup Detail”.

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