A New View of the Helix Nebula
This composite image is a view of the colorful Helix Nebula taken with the Advanced Camera for Surveys aboard NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and the Mosaic II Camera on the 4-meter telescope at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile. The object is so large that both telescopes were needed to capture a complete view. The Helix is a planetary nebula, the glowing gaseous envelope expelled by a dying, sun-like star. The Helix resembles a simple doughnut as seen from Earth. But looks can be deceiving. New evidence suggests that the Helix consists of two gaseous disks nearly perpendicular to each other.
About the Image
|Release date:||16 December 2004, 16:00|
|Size:||6145 x 6623 px|
About the Object
|Name:||Helix Nebula, NGC 7293|
|Type:||• Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Planetary|
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|Distance:||700 light years|
Colours & filters
|502 nm||Hubble Space Telescope|
|658 nm||Hubble Space Telescope|
Notes: Additional data captured by the Mosaic II Camera on the 4-meter telescope at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO).