The remarkable Red Rectangle: Stairway to heaven?

This image, taken with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, reveals startling new details of one of the most unusual nebulae known in our Galaxy. Catalogued as HD 44179, this nebula is more commonly called the "Red Rectangle" because of its unique shape and colour as seen with ground-based telescopes.

Hubble has revealed a wealth of new features in the Red Rectangle that cannot be seen by ground-based telescopes looking through the Earth's turbulent atmosphere. Details of the Hubble study were published in the April 2004 issue of The Astronomical Journal.

Credit:

NASA/ESA, Hans Van Winckel (Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium) and Martin Cohen (University of California, USA)

About the Image

NASA caption
Id:heic0408a
Type:Observation
Release date:11 May 2004, 15:00
Related releases:heic0408
Size:690 x 526 px

About the Object

Name:HD 44179, Red Rectangle
Type:• Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Planetary
• X - Nebulae Images/Videos
Distance:2300 light years

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622 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2

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