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Mistaken Identity

Credit: Adam Block/Mount Lemmon SkyCenter/University of Arizona
Monday, Sept. 15, 2014: Planetary nebula IC 1295 lies 3300 light-years away in the constellation Scutum (The Shield). The term “planetary nebula” derives…Read More »

from the mistaken observations of astronomer William Herschel in the 1780s. He thought the rounded shapes of these objects resembled planets. Image captured June-July 2014.

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