January 2004 - The Helix Nebula

Calendar Jan 2004

Thousands of comet-like filaments are embedded along the inner rim of the Helix Nebula. These tentacles were formed when a hot stellar 'wind' of gas ploughed into colder shells of dust and gas previously ejected by the dying central star.

Credit:

NASA, NOAO, ESA, the Hubble Helix Nebula Team, M. Meixner (STScI), and T.A. Rector (NRAO).

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Year:2004
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