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Space photos of the day 08/16

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The bright clusters and nebulae of planet Earth's night sky are often named for flowers or insects, and NGC 6302 is no exception. With an estimated surface temperature of about 250,000 degrees C, the central star of the Butterfly Nebula is exceptionally hot though - shining brightly in ultraviolet light but hidden from direct view by a dense torus of dust. This dramatically detailed close-up of the dying star's nebula was recorded by the newly upgraded Hubble Space Telescope.

PHOTO: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team

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