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The Hubble Space Telescope

By: Samantha Johnson on Oct. 16, 2009, 11:21 p.m.
Cone Nebula

Photo: NASA, H. Ford (JHU), G. Illingworth (UCSC/LO), M.Clampin (STScI), G. Hartig (STScI), the ACS Science Team, and ESA

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Cone Nebula

Believe it or not, this image is made entirely of gas and dust. The entire cone is about 7 light years long, while the photograph shows just the top 2.5 light years (that’s 23 million round trips to the moon). These pillars have many counterparts throughout the galaxy, and astronomers believe they act as incubators for developing stars.