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Hubble Multimedia 1:
Last Gasp

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You are watching a recreation of the dying star that became the Helix Nebula expelling its outer layers into space.

Credit: NASA, NOAO, ESA, the Hubble Helix Nebula Team, M. Meixner (STScI), and T. A. Rector (NRAO).

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