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A rare ‘cosmic butterfly’ unfurls its wings in this telescoped image

Photo by: Popular Science

This highly detailed image of the fantastic NGC 2899 planetary nebula was captured using the FORS instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope in northern Chile. (ESO/) Over 3,000 light years away, a “cosmic butterfly” rears its vibrantly colored wings amongst a meadow of glowing stars. These bubbles of sky blue and fuschia gas were captured by the Very Large Telescope at the European Southern Observatory...

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