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NGC 1501 (2012)

Not as striking as others, this planetary nebula is NGC 1501. Before high powered telescopes, these looked a lot like fuzzy planets but astronomers knew they couldn’t be because they didn’t move like a planet would. Planetary nebula have nothing to do with planets other than that.

Data used:
hst_11956_05_wfpc2_f469n_wf_drz
hst_11956_05_wfpc2_f656n_wf_drz
hst_11956_05_wfpc2_f658n_wf_drz
hst_11956_05_wfpc2_f673n_wf_drz

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Hubble data is public domain. I do, however, request that you credit me for the processing of the image if you use it.

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