Southern Crab Nebula

A tempestuous relationship between an unlikely pair of stars may have created an oddly shaped, gaseous nebula that resembles an hourglass nestled within an hourglass.

The possible creators of these shapes cannot be seen at all in this Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2image. It's a pair of aging stars buried in the glow of the tiny, central nebula.


Romano Corradi, Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias, Tenerife, Spain; Mario Livio, Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, Md.; Ulisse Munari, Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova-Asiago, Italy; HugoSchwarz, Nordic Optical Telescope, Canarias, Spain; and NASA/ESA

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Release date:24 August 1999, 15:00
Size:3001 x 2401 px

About the Object

Name:Hen 2-104, IRAS 14085-5112, Southern Crab Nebula
Type:• Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Planetary
Distance:7000 light years

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658 nm Hubble Space Telescope

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