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Hubble image of NGC 3132, the Eight Burst Nebula
NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI / AURA)
  Image 3-11
Eight Burst Nebula

NGC 3132 is a beautiful example of a planetary nebula. Nicknamed the Eight Burst Nebula and the Southern Ring Nebula, this enormous shell of glowing gas was formed when the star in the center ejected its outer layers of gas. Illuminated by the star, the gas is now expanding away from the star at a rate of about 9 miles per second.

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