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Close-up of M27, the Dumbbell Nebula

Release date: Feb 10, 2003 9:00 AM (EST)
Release type: Hubble Heritage

An aging star's last hurrah is creating a flurry of glowing knots of gas that appear to be streaking through space in this close-up image of the Dumbbell Nebula, taken with NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. The Dumbbell, a nearby planetary nebula residing more than 1,200 light-years away, is the result of an old star that has shed its outer layers in a unique display of color.