The mysterious 'Garden-sprinkler' nebula

There are many mysterious objects seen in the night sky which are not really well understood. For example, astronomers are puzzled by the 'jets' emerging from planetary nebulae. However, the S-shaped jet from Henize 3-1475 is the most perplexing of all. 'Jets' are long outflows of fast-moving gas found near many objects in the Universe, such as around young stars, or coming from black holes, neutron stars, and planetary nebulae, for example. The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has imaged the young planetary nebula Henize 3-1475 and its bizarre jet. Astronomers have nicknamed it the 'Garden-sprinkler' Nebula.

Credit:

European Space Agency, A. Riera (Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Spain) and P. Garcia-Lario (European Space Agency ISO Data Centre, Spain)

About the Image

Id:heic0308a
Type:Observation
Release date:22 May 2003, 15:00
Related releases:heic0308
Size:1024 x 792 px

About the Object

Name:Garden-sprinkler Nebula, Hen 3-1475
Type:• Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Planetary
• X - Nebulae Images/Videos
Distance:18000 light years

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