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Located in the constellation Aquarius, the Saturn Nebula [NGC 7009] was discovered by Frederick William Herschel on September 7, 1782. It was given this name by Lord Rosse in the 1840s when improvements in telescopic accuracy revealed the ansae, or ‘handles’, which give the nebula its Saturn-like shape. The Saturn Nebula is 1,400 lightyears distant, and this image was taken by the Hubble Space Telescope’s Wide-Field & Planetary Camera 2, on April 28, 1996.

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Saturn Nebula, NGC 7009