Helix Nebula Detail
This cropped version of the Helix Nebula mosaic shows cometary-filaments embedded along a portion of the inner rim of the nebula's red and blue gas ring. At a distance of 650 light-years, the Helix is one of the nearest planetary nebulae to Earth.
The composite picture is a seamless blend of ultra-sharp NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope (HST) Advanced Camera for Surveys images combined with the wide view of the Mosaic Camera on the National Science Foundation's 0.9-meter telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory, part of the National Optical Astronomy Observatory, near Tucson, Ariz. Astronomers at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) assembled the images into a mosaic. The mosaic was blended with a wider photograph taken by the Mosaic Camera.
About the Image
|Release date:||9 May 2003, 15:00|
|Size:||2999 x 2399 px|
About the Object
|Name:||Helix Nebula, Messier 57, NGC 7293|
|Type:||• Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Planetary|
|Distance:||2500 light years|
Colours & filters
|502 nm||Hubble Space Telescope|
|Hubble Space Telescope|
|658 nm||Hubble Space Telescope|
Notes: Additional information was contributed to this image by the National Science Foundation's 0.9-meter telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory.