Planetary Nebula NGC 7027

The Hubble Space Telescope's Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer (NICMOS) has captured a glimpse of a brief stage in the burnout of NGC 7027, a medium-mass star like our sun. The infrared image (on the left) shows a young planetary nebula in a state of rapid transition. This image alone reveals important new information. When astronomers combine this photo with an earlier image taken in visible light, they have a more complete picture of the final stages of star life.

Credit:

William B. Latter (SIRTF Science Center/Caltech) and NASA/ESA

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo9811a
Type:Collage
Release date:19 March 1998, 06:00
Size:3000 x 2400 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 7027
Type:• Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Planetary
• X - Nebulae Images/Videos
Distance:3000 light years

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Hubble Space Telescope
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NICMOS

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