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The 10 Coolest Things NASA’s Webb Telescope Has Seen So Far

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A dying star

About 2,000 light years from Earth is this, the Southern Ring nebula. The obvious, bright star at the center is locked in a tight orbit with a dim, dying star. It is the dying star that emits the gas and dust that make this nebula so striking.

The Tarantula Nebula

The Tarantula Nebula is the brightest, nearest star-forming region in our "Local Group" (nearest galaxies) and home to the hottest, most massive stars that astronomers know. The nebula’s cavity is hollowed out by winds from a cluster of massive young stars.

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