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'Diamond Ring' Nebula Spotted In Deep Space By Very Large Telescope

10/04/2014 12:36 | Updated 10 April 2014

Astronomers have spotted a beautiful - and fairly romantic - sight in deep space: a nebula shaped like an engagement ring.

The remarkable image was spotted by the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope in Chile.

Named (officially) planetary nebula PN A66 33, aka Abell 33, the Engagement Diamond was created when an old star threw off its outer layers.

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It now appears as a 'bubble' in space, which happens to be aligned perfectly with another star (HD 83535) from our perspective.

The ring itself is located about 2,500 light years from Earth.

"The remnant of Abell 33's progenitor star, on its way to becoming a white dwarf, can be seen just slightly off-center inside the nebula, visible as a tiny white pearl. It is still bright — more luminous than our own sun — and emits enough ultraviolet radiation to make the bubble of expelled atmosphere glow," ESO officials said in a statement.

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