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Christmas Gift Guide

The Wizard

The Dancer

The Heart

The Dragon

The Christmas Tree

The Hawk

The Red Ghost

The Rose

NGC 7380 -- nicknamed the Wizard Nebula -- was discovered by Caroline Herschel in 1787, the first woman to be paid for her work in science.

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Melotte 15 is nicknamed the Heart Nebula, but in this small piece, Metsavainio sees a twirling dancer.

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Here is the Heart Nebula -- Melotte 15 -- in all its muscly glory.

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In this 18-panel mosaic of the Veil Nebula inside the constellation Cygnus, Metsavainio sees a Chinese dragon.

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The Christmas Tree Cluster, topped by the Cone Nebula.

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The wings of a hawk, spreading across NGC 7000, the North American Nebula.

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A ghost haunts Cassiopeia in the form of IC 63.

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The origins of the Rosette Nebula's nickname are pretty clear.

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