Hubble image of the Ring Nebula (Messier 57)

This new image shows the dramatic shape and colour of the Ring Nebula, otherwise known as Messier 57.

From Earth’s perspective, the nebula looks like a simple elliptical shape with a shaggy boundary. However, new observations combining existing ground-based data with new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope data show that the nebula is shaped like a distorted doughnut. This doughnut has a rugby-ball-shaped region of lower-density material slotted into in its central “gap”, stretching towards and away from us.

Credit:

NASA, ESA, and C. Robert O’Dell (Vanderbilt University).

About the Image

Id:heic1310a
Type:Observation
Release date:23 May 2013, 16:00
Related releases:heic1310
Size:3179 x 3179 px

About the Object

Name:M 57, Messier 57, NGC 6720, Ring Nebula
Type:• Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Planetary
• X - Nebulae Images/Videos
Distance:2500 light years
Constellation:Lyra

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Coordinates

Position (RA):18 53 35.21
Position (Dec):33° 1' 44.13"
Field of view:2.10 x 2.10 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 11.7° left of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
R
658 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Optical
R
673 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Optical
G
656 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Optical
G
645 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Optical
V
502 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Optical
B
487 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Optical
B
469 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3

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