Dumbbell Nebula
Dumbbell Nebula
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Javier Gómez Laina
The Dumbbell nebula (M27) is a planetary nebula located some 1,240 light years away from Earth. Planetary nebulae receive their name from the fact that they look like distant planetary disks when observed through a telescope. They are produced when a red giant star (a star similar to our Sun, but in an older phase) blows up its gaseous outer layers. After this, it becomes a white star.