Hubble's Planetary Nebula Gallery. A View of NGC 7009

NGC 7009 has a bright central star at the centre of a dark cavity bounded by a football-shaped rim of dense, blue and red gas. The cavity and its rim are trapped inside smoothly-distributed greenish material in the shape of a barrel and comprised of the star's former outer layers. At larger distances, and lying along the long axis of the nebula, a pair of red 'ansae', or 'handles' appears. Each ansa is joined to the tips of the cavity by a long greenish jet of material. The handles are clouds of low-density gas. NGC 7009 is 1, 400 light-years away in the constellation Aquarius. The Hubble telescope observation was taken April 28, 1996 by the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2.


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), NASA/ESA

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Release date:17 December 1997, 06:00
Size:512 x 512 px

About the Object

Name:IRAS 21014-1133, NGC 7009, Saturn Nebula
Type:Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Planetary
Distance:2300 light years

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Position (RA):21 4 10.80
Position (Dec):-11° 21' 46.53"
Field of view:0.85 x 0.85 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 28.1° right of vertical

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