AAO ground-based image of Pencil Nebula with outline of ACS field

Officially known as NGC 2736, the Pencil Nebula is part of the huge Vela supernova remnant, located in the southern constellation Vela. Discovered by Sir John Herschel in the 1840s, the nebula's linear appearance triggered its popular name. The nebula's shape suggests that it is part of the supernova shock wave that recently encountered a region of dense gas. It is this interaction that causes the nebula to glow, appearing like a rippled sheet.


© 1994-2002, Anglo-Australian Observatory,photograph by David Malin (DMI).

About the Image

NASA press release
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Release date:5 June 2003, 15:00
Size:629 x 800 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 2736, Pencil Nebula
Type:Unspecified : Nebula : Type : Supernova Remnant

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