NICMOS Peers Into Heart of Dying Star

The Egg Nebula, also known as CRL 2688, is shown on the left as it appears in visible light with the Hubble Space Telescope's Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2(WFPC2) and on the right as it appears in infrared light with Hubble's Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer (NICMOS). Since infrared light is invisible to humans, the NICMOS image has been assigned colours to distinguish different wavelengths: blue corresponds to starlight reflected by dust particles, and red corresponds to heat radiation emitted by hot molecular hydrogen.

Credit:

Rodger Thompson, Marcia Rieke, Glenn Schneider, Dean Hines (Universityof Arizona); Raghvendra Sahai (Jet Propulsion Laboratory); NICMOS Instrument Definition Team; and NASA/ESA

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo9711a
Type:Collage
Release date:12 May 1997, 17:00
Size:3000 x 2400 px

About the Object

Name:CRL 2688, Egg Nebula
Type:• Milky Way : Nebula
• X - Nebulae Images/Videos
Distance:1400 light years

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BandTelescope
Infrared
Near-IR
Hubble Space Telescope
NICMOS
Optical
R
Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2

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