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What is a nebula? Nebula: definition, location and variants

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An image of the Veil Nebula taken by the Hubble Space Telescope
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Nebula is a Latin word meaning “cloud”, but in an astronomical context it refers to any celestial object that appears like a cloud when viewed through a telescope.

When telescopes weren’t as powerful as they are today, the term covered galaxies such as our neighbor Andromeda, often referred to as the “Andromeda Nebula.”

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