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The Helix is Looking at You

This is not the first picture you’ve seen of the Helix Nebula, but it’s the best image so far. The Helix Nebula is a cloud of gas that was left when a star expired 700 light years away from us. This image is in the near-infrared, taken using the European Southern Observatory‚Äôs Visible and Infrared Survey [...]