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Space photos of the day: Cosmic pairs

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A new Hubble Space Telescope image of a celestial object called the Ant Nebula may shed new light on the future demise of our Sun. The Ant Nebula, whose technical name is Mz3, resembles the head and thorax of an ant when observed with ground-based telescopes. The new Hubble image, with 10 times the resolution revealing 100 times more detail, shows the 'ant's' body as a pair of fiery lobes protruding from a dying, Sun-like star. The Ant Nebula is located between 3,000 and 6,000 light years from Earth in the southern constellation Norma.

PHOTO: NASA/Space Telescope Science Institute

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