This is an image of the Ring Nebula, looking as if from the end of a
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Hubble Space Telescope image courtesy of STScI
Hubble Adds a New Dimension to Nebula
News story originally written on January 7, 1999
Scientists used the Hubble Space Telescope to look at an old nebula. It's
called the Ring Nebula. They used to think that it was shaped like a ring
but it isn't. Pictures from the HST show that it's really a tube.
Gas escaped from a dying star and formed the nebula
. The gas first formed a ring.
It then began moving above and below the ring to form the tube we can now
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