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Uploaded: 12/27/03 9:55 AM GMT
Cat's Eye Nebula
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PuMa
12/27/03 1:04 PM GMT
Beautifull colors!!
What exactly is it by the way?
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::JOHANNA
12/27/03 1:12 PM GMT
Marvellous,agree with PuMa.
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Crusader
12/27/03 2:07 PM GMT
Basically it's a dying star surrounded by a "cacoon", consisting of gas shells and jets of gas, created when the star loses its outer layers of gas. The Cat's Eye Nebula (NGC 6543 ) is estimated as being 1000 years old and is 3000 light years away.
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kjh000
12/27/03 7:29 PM GMT
Beautiful, but I wished they hadn't used pink in some parts of the picture... ^_^ Pink doesn't really make it for me.
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psychoslacker
01/14/04 10:23 PM GMT
I like the cat's eye nebula...hehe it's my user icon
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StylusDivision
02/26/04 10:46 PM GMT
Very beautiful. They should make an iTunes/Windows Media Player visualization like this. Might be pretty trippy in motion...
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Eventualyeti
07/24/04 10:21 PM GMT
Very nice picture, I just have one question, if it's 1000 years old and 3000 light-years away, how can we see it?
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Crusader
07/25/04 8:13 AM GMT
Either it is a typo on NASA's part or, and this is more likely, the image reflects the Nebula at the stage when it was 1000 years old. Thus it should actually be 4000 years old! I'm no astronomer, but that would be my best guess.
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Lozaa
10/24/04 4:24 PM GMT
If it is 3000 light years away and the nebula is 1000 years old then the light from it should be reaching us in around 2000 years. I suspect a typo.
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qiongsi
02/28/05 10:39 AM GMT
This photo is made by the awesome colours
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DJ_PrOpS
08/08/05 10:33 AM GMT
How on earth does nature actually produce these colours?
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DJ_PrOpS
08/08/05 10:34 AM GMT
Oh , i forgot, its not on Earth.
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