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The nebula our sun produces won't be as bright as the ones produced by bigger stars.
Indeed, at least three galaxies and six nebulae are named after warm-blooded vertebrates, including the Horsehead, Cat’s Paw, and recently named Manatee Nebulae.
For example, the renowned Pillars of Creation nebula has two large towers, each about 5 light years tall.
The nebula visualization is a great resource for astronomers.
The famed astronomer is credited with discovering of a variety of nebulas.
The prevailing theory is that a homogenous nebula of material collapsed into the sun and the remaining material, mostly silicates with carbons mixed in, formed the rocky planets and the asteroids.
Another possibility is that the FRB source is very young and is tucked into a nebula formed by a recent supernova, the explosion that happens when a large star grows up and dies.
There's the nebula of who-knows-what-ness that spins around most whisperings involving famous people like threads of cotton candy.
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Did You Know?
Nebula comes to us from Latin, where it meant "mist" or "cloud." In its earliest English uses in the 1600s, nebula referred to a cloudy speck or film on the eye that caused vision problems. It was first applied to great interstellar clouds of gas and dust in the early 1700s. The adjective nebulous comes from the same Latin root as nebula, but the first uses of nebulous don't appear in English until the late 1700s, well after the discovery of interstellar nebulae.
NEBULA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of nebula for English Language Learners
: a cloud of gas or dust in space that can sometimes be seen at night
: a group of stars that are very far away and look like a bright cloud at night
NEBULA Defined for Kids
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