The Silkworm Nebula

The Hubble Space Telescope's Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2has captured images of the birth of two planetary nebulae as they emerge from wrappings of gas and dust, like butterflies breaking out of their cocoons.

Credit:

Sun Kwok and Kate Su (University of Calgary), Bruce Hrivnak (Valparaiso University), and NASA/ESA

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo9811g
Type:Observation
Release date:19 March 1998, 06:00
Size:512 x 512 px

About the Object

Name:IRAS 17441-2411, Silkworm Nebula
Type:• Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Planetary
• X - Nebulae Images/Videos
Distance:6500
Constellation:Sagittarius


Image Formats

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Coordinates

Position (RA):17 47 13.41
Position (Dec):-24° 12' 52.34"
Field of view:0.31 x 0.30 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 33.1° right of vertical
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Colours & filters

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

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