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The drag of the still-present nebula gas affects how the debris moves through the solar system, sending a fraction of them inward towards the inner solar system.
The nebula's contents are still, these centuries later, lit.
The nebula, located 20,000 light-years from Earth in the constellation Carina, contains a central cluster of huge, hot stars, called NGC 3603, the space agency said.
Expert skywatchers are on hand to point out planets, moons, nebulas and other galaxies.
There’s a lot that scientists can do with that information, including match stars with the nebula that gave birth to them.
Shaped by its birth star's high-energy light and interstellar winds, the nebula rests about 650 light-years away from Earth.
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.
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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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