The Red Spider Nebula: Surfing in Sagittarius - not for the faint-hearted!

Huge waves are sculpted in this two-lobed nebula some 3000 light-years away in the constellation of Sagittarius. This warm planetary nebula harbours one of the hottest stars known and its powerful stellar winds generate waves 100 billion kilometres high. The waves are caused by supersonic shocks, formed when the local gas is compressed and heated in front of the rapidly expanding lobes. The atoms caught in the shock emit the spectacular radiation seen in this image.

Credit:

ESA & Garrelt Mellema (Leiden University, the Netherlands)

About the Image

Id:heic0109a
Type:Observation
Release date:24 July 2001, 15:00
Related releases:heic0109
Size:3206 x 1785 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 6537, Red Spider Nebula
Type:• Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Planetary
• X - Nebulae Images/Videos
Distance:6000 light years

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