This is a conceptual illustration representing space and astronomy in general. It shows the various objects that can be found in the Universe: planets, moons, stars, nebulae and galaxies. The centrepiece is a planetary nebula, the cast-off remains of a dying star. A woman in silhouette is seen looking up into space.
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- Illustration of a boy looking through a telescope, seen in silhouette against the star clouds of the Milky Way. The boy is using a refracting telescope.
- Artwork of star party â€" a group of people meeting with telescopes to share their admiration of the night sky and astronomy. The people are seen in silhouette against the star clouds of the Milky Way.
- Artwork of star party â€" a group of people meeting with telescopes to share their admiration of the night sky and astronomy. The people are seen in silhouette against a large, reddened full Moon.
- Artwork of a boy looking through a telescope, seen in silhouette against the star clouds of the Milky Way. The boy is using a refracting telescope.
- Artwork of a young girl looking through a telescope, seen in silhouette a starry night. The girl is using a reflecting telescope. In the sky, the constellation of Orion can be seen.
- Illustration of a red giant star shedding its outer layers. Red giants are very evolved stars, that have depleted their stores of hydrogen. This leads to the core collapsing under gravity, which makes it hotter. This fresh heat pushes on the star's outermost layers and gradually the star loses mass as its atmosphere escapes, bit by bit, into space. This is how planetary nebulae are formed. In this
- This is a conceptual illustration representing space and astronomy in general. It shows the various objects that can be found in the Universe: planets, moons, stars, nebulae and galaxies. The centrepiece is a planetary nebula " the cast-off remains of a dying star.
- Illustration of a 360-degree view of a pair of astronomers observing the night sky.
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