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Among the highlights to be seen on the planetarium’s screen, which is 89 feet in diameter, is a visualization of the Orion nebula.
The four that are included will feature minifigures but also related items such as a mini Hubble Space Telescope and image of a nebula for Nancy Grace Roman and mini Space Shuttle Challenger for astronauts Ride and Jemison.
Each new pulsar means a new set of radio waves to study, which can help us learn the composition of various nebulas and the makeup of empty space between us and the pulsar.
Other astronomers had noted this previously, but, puzzlingly, the star at the center of the nebula is not a cataclysmic variable.
This is terrible since the light from the full moon wipes out deep sky objects like the Orion nebula.
This suggested to Dr Adibekyan that something about a star, or about the circumstances of its formation, affects the types of planet that condense from the nebula surrounding it.
But the author's reading renders the tale amorphous, beating it into a blurry nebula with every syllable uttered in his sorry state.
Galaxies contain untold tons of gas and dust that are floating around, doing no harm, living uneventfully as nebulas.
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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.
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