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Question 2:
Look at the image of the Butterfly Nebula, NGC 6302. Write down questions you would ask an astronomer about the nebula.

Some questions you might want to ask are:

  • Why does the object have so many colors?
  • Would the nebula look as colorful if we could see it with our eyes?
  • Do the colors give information about the object?
  • How did the nebula form?
  • Do all stars end their lives as planetary nebulae?
  • Do other planetary nebulae look like NGC 6302?
  • Where is the star that created this nebula?
  • How long will the nebula look like this?
  • What will happen to the nebula?

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