Helix Nebula Detail

This cropped version of the Helix Nebula mosaic shows cometary-filaments embedded along a portion of the inner rim of the nebula's red and blue gas ring. At a distance of 650 light-years, the Helix is one of the nearest planetary nebulae to Earth.

The composite picture is a seamless blend of ultra-sharp NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope (HST) Advanced Camera for Surveys images combined with the wide view of the Mosaic Camera on the National Science Foundation's 0.9-meter telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory, part of the National Optical Astronomy Observatory, near Tucson, Ariz. Astronomers at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) assembled the images into a mosaic. The mosaic was blended with a wider photograph taken by the Mosaic Camera.

Credit:

NASA, NOAO, ESA, the Hubble Helix Nebula Team, M. Meixner (STScI), and T.A. Rector (NRAO).

About the Image

Id:heic0307b
Type:Observation
Release date:9 May 2003, 15:00
Related releases:heic0307
Size:2999 x 2399 px

About the Object

Name:Helix Nebula, Messier 57, NGC 7293
Type:• Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Planetary
• X - Nebulae Images/Videos
Distance:2500 light years

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
Oiii
502 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
Pseudogreen
Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
H-alpha
658 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS

Notes: Additional information was contributed to this image by the National Science Foundation's 0.9-meter telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory.


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