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Caught on camera: Astronomers snap ‘space butterfly’ pic from thousands of light-years away – WJW FOX 8 News Cleveland

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This highly detailed image of the fantastic NGC 2899 planetary nebula was captured using the FORS instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope in northern Chile. This object has never before been imaged in such striking detail, with even the faint outer edges of the planetary nebula glowing over the background stars.

(CNN) — Thousands of light-years away, there’s a “space butterfly” colored with brilliant blues and clouds of purple and red. It’s an image we’ve never seen in this much detail before.

So named for its resemblance to the winged insect, the “butterfly” is actually a planetary nebula — a giant cloud of gas that forms around an ancient star that hasn’t yet exploded. The European Space Observatory’s (ESO) aptly named Very Large Telescope, stationed in host country Chile, recently captured a vibrant image of the interstellar object.

It’s known as NGC 2899 (NGC stands for New General Catalogue, which lists nebulae and other astral bodies like this one). It’s located somewhere between 3,000 and 6,500 light-years away from Earth in the constellation Vela, which is visible in the Southern Hemisphere.

This planetary nebula isn’t long for this universe. Ultraviolet radiation lights up the shells of gas surrounding the star and causes them to shine quite brightly, the ESO said — but only for a few thousand years before they break up. That’s a relatively short life span in astronomy.

The Very Large Telescope that captured the image is the “world’s most advanced optical instrument,” according to the ESO. With the accompanying interferometer, the tool can illuminate details 25 times finer than individual telescopes. And on its own, the telescope tucked in the Chilean mountains can see things more than 4 billion times fainter than what the human eye could see.

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The Last of Us 2 leaker has been caught, and it’s not a disgruntled Naughty Dog employee – GamesRadar



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Sony has identified the people (yes people) responsible for the massive The Last of Us 2 leaks, and it’s not the rumored disgruntled Naughty Dog employee, according to a report from Polygon.

“SIE has identified the primary individuals responsible for the unauthorized release of TLOU2 assets,” a Sony rep told Polygon. “They are not affiliated with Naughty Dog or SIE. We are unable to comment further because the information is subject to an on-going investigation.”

As GamesRadar previously reported, a ton of information about The Last of Us 2 leaked in late April, including cutscenes, a complete list of the levels, and spoilers for the entire plot. Since the leaked footage appeared to be from an internal build, and Naughty Dog has previously been called out for some serious crunch issues, rumors swirled that a disgruntled former employee was behind the leaks.

Now it’s clear that this isn’t the case, and it seems like more than one person was involved based on Sony’s statement, which refers to the guilty party as “individuals.” It’s not clear whether we’ll ever find out who these people are, or how they seemed to have gotten their hands on what looks like an internal Naughty Dog build.

There’s also no word yet on what sort of legal ramifications these “individuals” will face, but considering there’s now an army of jerks spamming Twitch chats and livestreams with The Last of Us 2 spoilers, I sincerely hope justice is served piping hot.

In the past, video game leaks have been subject to the fullest extent of the law – like Epic suing several testers who leaked Fortnite Chapter 2 and Nintendo sending subpoenas to whoever leaked images from Pokemon Sword and Shield before its release.

For more, check out everything revealed in Last of Us 2’s Outbreak Day info drop, or watch below for our hands-on gameplay preview of the sequel. 

Brooklyn-based Editor and mother of two rescue cats, Radgie and Riot. After years spent in and out of academia and toiling over freelance work, with a two-year stint as Associate Editor at a tech startup, I am now doing what I love for a living. That includes sailing to every question mark in The Witcher 3, emoting out of dropships in Apex Legends, and arguing over Star Wars lore. 

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