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NGC 5189

Hubble Releases Cheery Holiday Snapshot of ‘Christmas Ornament’ Nebula

It's the time of year when even the normally staid scientists at NASA get into the holiday spirit. Last year, the space agency's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer imaged a cosmic christmas wreath for the holiday season. Not be outdone, the venerable Hubble Space Telescope is getting in on the action this year, offering up a dose of holiday cheer in the form of this image of NGC 5189, a nebula that -- if you're brimming over with holiday cheer or just squinting a little -- resembles a very merry Christmas ornament wrapped in a festive ribbon. You can take a trip through the cosmos to zoom in on the nebula just like the Hubble did in the short video below.

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