Hubble's Planetary Nebula Gallery. A View of NGC 6826

NGC 6826's eye-like appearance is marred by two sets of blood-red 'fliers' that lie horizontally across the image. The surrounding faint green 'white' of the eye is believed to be gas that made up almost half of the star's mass for most of its life. The hot remnant star (in the centre of the green oval) drives a fast wind into older material, forming a hot interior bubble which pushes the older gas ahead of it to form a bright rim. (The star is one of the brightest stars in any planetary.) NGC 6826 is 2, 200 light- years away in the constellation Cygnus. The Hubble telescope observation was taken Jan. 27, 1996 with the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2.

Credit:

Bruce Balick (University of Washington), Jason Alexander (University of Washington), Arsen Hajian (U.S. Naval Observatory), Yervant Terzian (Cornell University), Mario Perinotto (University of Florence, Italy), Patrizio Patriarchi (Arcetri Observatory, Italy) and NASA/ESA

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo9738d
Type:Observation
Release date:17 December 1997, 06:00
Size:737 x 737 px

About the Object

Name:Blinking Planetary, NGC 6826
Type:• Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Planetary
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Distance:5500 light years
Constellation:Cygnus

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631 nm Hubble Space Telescope
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658 nm Hubble Space Telescope
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673 nm Hubble Space Telescope
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