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The Twin Jet Nebula – ESA/Hubble | Nature Magazine

The Twin Jet Nebula

 

The Twin Jet Nebula

The Twin Jet Nebula, or PN M2-9, is a striking sample of a bipolar planetary nebula. Bipolar planetary nebulae are shaped when the central object is not a single star, but a binary system, Studies have shown that the nebula’s size rises with time, and measurements of this rate of rise suggest that the stellar outburst that formed the parts occurred just 1200 years ago.

 

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ESA/Hubble & NASA
Acknowledgement: Judy Schmidt

The Twin Jet Nebula
The Twin Jet Nebula, or PN M2-9, is a striking example of a bipolar planetary nebula. Bipolar planetary nebulae are formed when the central object is not a single star, but a binary system, Studies have shown that the nebula’s size increases with time, and measurements of this rate of increase suggest that the stellar outburst that formed the lobes occurred just 1200 years ago.


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