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Planetary Nebula Abell 7 
A planetary nebula represents a very brief final phase in stellar evolution that our own Sun will experience 5 billion years hence, as the nebula’s central, once sun-like star shrugs off its outer layers. Abell 7 itself is estimated to be 20,000 years old. Its central star is seen here as a fading white dwarf some 10 billion years old.

Planetary Nebula Abell 7 

A planetary nebula represents a very brief final phase in stellar evolution that our own Sun will experience 5 billion years hence, as the nebula’s central, once sun-like star shrugs off its outer layers. Abell 7 itself is estimated to be 20,000 years old. Its central star is seen here as a fading white dwarf some 10 billion years old.

(Source: apod.nasa.gov)

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Jupiter’s Great Red Spot - This magnificent image is the work of Bjorn Jonsson who reprocessed 1979 Voyager’s data of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot with more recent techniques to obtain that absolutely stunning amount of details.

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot - This magnificent image is the work of Bjorn Jonsson who reprocessed 1979 Voyager’s data of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot with more recent techniques to obtain that absolutely stunning amount of details.

1 year ago
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Jupiter and its two moons Io and Europa.

Jupiter and its two moons Io and Europa.

1 year ago
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Dione lit by the sun and sunlight reflected off of Saturn. March 22nd, 2008.
Photographed by the Cassini Orbiter.

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Dione lit by the sun and sunlight reflected off of Saturn. March 22nd, 2008.

Photographed by the Cassini Orbiter.

1 year ago
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Envisat image of the Dasht-e Lut salt desert in southeast Iran.

Envisat image of the Dasht-e Lut salt desert in southeast Iran.

9 months ago
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beautifulmars: Excellent Megabreccia Outcrops along the Walls of Nili Fossae

beautifulmarsExcellent Megabreccia Outcrops along the Walls of Nili Fossae

1 year ago
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The spinning vortex of Saturn’s north polar storm.

The spinning vortex of Saturn’s north polar storm.

1 year ago
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