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Bizarre Alignment of Planetary Nebulae

4 Sep 2013, 13:00 UTC
Bizarre Alignment of Planetary Nebulae

Astronomers have used ESO's New Technology Telescope and the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope to explore more than 100 planetary nebulae in the central bulge of our galaxy. They have found that butterfly-shaped members of this cosmic family tend to be mysteriously aligned — a surprising result given their different histories and varied properties.

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