NGC 6302

This image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope depicts NGC 6302, commonly known as the Butterfly Nebula. NGC 6302 lies within our Milky Way galaxy, roughly 3800 light-years away in the constellation of Scorpius. The glowing gas was once the star's outer layers, but has been expelled over about 2200 years. The butterfly shape stretches for more than two light-years, which is about half the distance from the Sun to the nearest star, Proxima Centauri.

New observations of the object have found unprecedented levels of complexity and rapid changes in the jets and gas bubbles blasting off of the star at the centre of the nebula.

Credit:

NASA, ESA, and J. Kastner (RIT)

About the Image

Id:heic2011b
Type:Observation
Release date:18 June 2020, 19:00
Related releases:heic2011
Size:3379 x 3005 px

About the Object

Name:Butterfly Nebula, NGC 6302
Type:Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Planetary
Constellation:Scorpius
Category:Nebulae

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Coordinates

Position (RA):17 13 50.03
Position (Dec):-37° 6' 55.98"
Field of view:2.25 x 2.00 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 34.9° left of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
OII
502 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Infrared
YJ
1.1 μm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Optical
H-alpha + NII
658 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Infrared
FeII
1.64 μm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Optical
H-alpha
656 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3

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