Hubble's Planetary Nebula Gallery. A View of NGC 3918

NGC 3918 is in the constellation Centaurus and is about 3, 000 light-years from us. Its diameter is about 0.3 light-year. It shows a roughly spherical outer envelope but an elongated inner balloon inflated by a fast wind from the hot central star, which is starting to break out of the spherical envelope at the top and bottom of the image.

Credit:

Howard Bond ( Space Telescope Science Institute), Robin Ciardullo (Pennsylvania State University) and NASA/ESA

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo9738e
Type:Observation
Release date:17 December 1997, 06:00
Size:750 x 748 px

About the Object

Name:IRAS 11478-5654, NGC 3918
Type:• Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Planetary
• X - Nebulae Images/Videos
Distance:5000 light years

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
V
606 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Infrared
I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2

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