The Twin Jet Nebula

The Twin Jet Nebula, or PN M2-9, is a striking example of a bipolar planetary nebula. Bipolar planetary nebulae are formed when the central object is not a single star, but a binary system, Studies have shown that the nebula’s size increases with time, and measurements of this rate of increase suggest that the stellar outburst that formed the lobes occurred just 1200 years ago.

Credit:

ESA/Hubble & NASA
Acknowledgement: Judy Schmidt

About the Image

Id:heic1518a
Type:Observation
Release date:26 August 2015, 15:00
Related releases:heic1518
Size:988 x 826 px

About the Object

Name:M2-9, Twin Jet Nebula
Type:Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Planetary
Distance:4000 light years
Constellation:Ophiuchus
Category:Nebulae

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Coordinates

Position (RA):17 5 37.94
Position (Dec):-10° 8' 32.57"
Field of view:0.82 x 0.69 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 92.9° left of vertical

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BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
OIII
502 nm Hubble Space Telescope
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575 nm Hubble Space Telescope
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673 nm Hubble Space Telescope
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