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.

This image shows the small nebula that is embedded in the centre of the larger one (you can see the whole nebula by searching for opo9932a in the search form).


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
Release date:24 August 1999, 15:00
Size:577 x 583 px

About the Object

Name:IRAS 14085-5112, Southern Crab Nebula
Type:Milky Way : Nebula
Distance:18000 light years

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Position (RA):14 11 52.07
Position (Dec):-51° 26' 24.37"
Field of view:0.22 x 0.23 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 2.3° left of vertical

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