Telescope Captures 'Eye of God' in Space

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(Feb. 26) - Astronomers have taken a spectacular photo of a "cosmic eye" peering down from space.
The object, nicknamed the "Eye of God," is the Helix planetary nebula, a giant shell of gas given off by a dying star, according to The Times of London. The nebula lies 700 light years away in the constellation Aquarius.
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A telescope in Chile captured this spectacular image of the Helix planetary nebula, nicknamed the "Eye of God." The object lies 700 light years away in the constellation Aquarius. The brilliant colors are created as a star releases gas and dust as it dies into a white dwarf. Click through for other space images.
Its brilliant colors are created as gas released from the star's surface burst out and are illuminated by ultraviolet light, according to The Register, an online technical publication.
The image was captured with a giant telescope at the European Southern Observatory in La Silla, Chile.
Although the Helix is one of the closest planetary nebulae to Earth, it is difficult to spot because its light fans over a wide area.


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