IC Beauty

The Hubble telescope reveals a rainbow of colours in this dying star, called IC 4406. Like many other so-called planetary nebulae, IC 4406 exhibits a high degree of symmetry. The nebula's left and right halves are nearly mirror images of the other. If we could fly around IC 4406 in a spaceship, we would see that the gas and dust form a vast donut of material streaming outward from the dying star. We don't see the donut shape in this photograph because we are viewing IC 4406 from the Earth-orbiting Hubble telescope. From this vantage point, we are seeing the side of the donut.

This side view allows us to see the intricate tendrils of material that have been compared to the eye's retina. In fact, IC 4406 is dubbed the 'Retina Nebula.'

Credit:

NASA/ESA and The Hubble Heritage Team STScI/AURA

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo0214a
Type:Observation
Release date:13 June 2002, 06:00
Size:2859 x 1866 px

About the Object

Name:IC 4406, IRAS 14192-4355
Type:• Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Planetary
• X - Nebulae Images/Videos
Distance:5000 light years
Constellation:Lupus

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
Oiii
502 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
H-alpha
656 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
Nii
658 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2

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