Helix Nebula with Annotated Features

Looks can be deceiving, especially when it comes to celestial objects like galaxies and nebulas. These objects are so far away that astronomers cannot see their three-dimensional structure. The Helix Nebula, for example, resembles a doughnut in colorful images. 

Credit:

NASA, ESA, C.R. O'Dell (Vanderbilt University), and M. Meixner, P. McCullough, and G. Bacon ( Space Telescope Science Institute)

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo0432e
Type:Observation
Release date:16 December 2004, 16:00
Size:2400 x 2062 px

About the Object

Name:Helix Nebula, IRAS 22267-2102, NGC 7293
Type:• Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Planetary
• X - Nebulae Images/Videos
Distance:700 light years

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
OIII
502 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
H-alpha
658 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2

Notes: Additional data captured by the Mosaic II Camera on the 4-meter telescope at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO).


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