<i>101 Must-See Cosmic Objects</i>: The Saturn Nebula

The Saturn Nebula (NGC 7009) is a planetary nebula in the constellation Aquarius the Water-bearer. While to a casual viewer its common name may seem misplaced, it comes from the thin lobes on either end of its disk. These projections, called ansae (Latin for “handles”), make this nebula look like Saturn, complete with rings, in large scopes. The ansae are actually gas that the nebula has ejected in opposite directions. This fascinating object lies some 5,000 light-years away.
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