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Photo courtesy of NASA, ESA, and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team

Isn’t it amazing? It’s called the Butterfly Nebula, or NGC 6302 if you want to be technical.  This image shows clouds and gas surrounding a dying star. The Butterfly Nebula is about 4,000 light-years away in the constellation of Scorpio.

This extremely detailed image was taken after the Hubble Telescope was upgraded in 2009. Take a look at what we saw before Hubble’s upgrade. Makes you appreciate the image above a little bit more, right?

Read more about the Butterfly Nebula at NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day site.