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January 5, 1996
The Toby Jug Nebula
photograph by David Malin
Is the only thing unusual about this nebula its shape? Pictured above is
the IC 2220 - the Toby Jug Nebula - a
reflection nebula surrounding a
Reflection nebulae shine by light reflected from
the central star(s). This nebula appears to have been created from the
current phase of mass-loss from the central star. Normal
compose the nebula. The nebula's peculiar but photogenic
bi-conical" shape, however, continue to make it a popular object of study.
Tomorrow's picture: Dwarf Elliptical Galaxy M32
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