Hubble's Planetary Nebula Gallery. A View of Hubble 5

Hubble 5 is a striking example of a 'butterfly' or bipolar (two-lobed) nebula. The heat generated by fast winds causes each of the lobes to expand, much like a pair of balloons with internal heaters. This observation was taken Sept. 9, 1997 by the Hubble telescope's Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2. Hubble 5 is 2, 200 light-years away in the constellation Sagittarius.


Bruce Balick (University of Washington), Vincent Icke (Leiden University, The Netherlands), Garrelt Mellema (Stockholm University), and NASA/ESA

About the Image

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Release date:17 December 1997, 06:00
Size:629 x 535 px

About the Object

Name:Hubble 5
Type:• Milky Way : Nebula
Distance:2200 light years

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Position (RA):17 47 56.25
Position (Dec):-29° 59' 40.07"
Field of view:1.04 x 0.88 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 45.4° left of vertical

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