A Glowing Pool of Light

NGC 3132 is a striking example of a planetary nebula. This expanding cloud of gas, surrounding a dying star, is known to amateur astronomers in the southern hemisphere as the 'Eight-Burst' or the 'Southern Ring' Nebula.

Credit:

Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA/NASA/ESA)

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo9839a
Type:Observation
Release date:5 November 1998, 18:00
Size:935 x 700 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 3132, Southern Ring Nebula
Type:• Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Planetary
• X - Nebulae Images/Videos
Distance:2000
Constellation:Vela


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Coordinates

Position (RA):10 7 1.74
Position (Dec):-40° 26' 6.09"
Field of view:1.56 x 1.16 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 109.0° right of vertical
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