The Glowing Eye of NGC 6751

The Hubble telescope has spied a giant celestial 'eye', known as planetary nebula NGC 6751. The Hubble Heritage Project is releasing this picture to commemorate the Hubble telescope's tenth anniversary. Glowing in the constellation Aquila, the nebula is a cloud of gas ejected several thousand years ago from the hot star visible in its center.

Planetary nebulae have nothing to do with planets. They are shells of gas thrown off by Sun-like stars nearing the ends of their lives. The star's loss of its outer gaseous layers exposes the hot stellar core, whose strong ultraviolet radiation then causes the ejected gas to fluoresce as the planetary nebula.

Credit:

NASA/ESA, The Hubble Heritage Team STScI/AURA

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo0012a
Type:Observation
Release date:6 April 2000, 07:00
Size:704 x 842 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 6751
Type:• Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Planetary
• X - Nebulae Images/Videos
Distance:6500 light years
Constellation:Aquila

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658 nm Hubble Space Telescope
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