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The Eskimo Nebula

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The Eskimo Nebula
The Eskimo Nebula (NGC 2392), also known as the Clownface Nebula,[4] is a bipolar double-shell[5] planetary nebula (PN). It was discovered by astronomer William Herschel in 1787. The formation resembles a person's head surrounded by a parka hood. It is surrounded by gas that composed the outer layers of a Sun-like star. The visible inner filaments are ejected by strong wind of particles from the central star. The outer disk contains unusual light-year long orange filaments. NGC 2392 lies more than 2,870 light-years away and is visible with a small telescope in the constellation of Gemini.
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