A selection of Hubble’s planetary nebulae

This mosaic shows a selection of stunning images of bipolar planetary nebulae taken by Hubble.

A new study using Hubble observations has found that bipolar planetary nebulae located towards the central bulge of our Milky Way appear to be strangely aligned in the sky — a surprising result given their varied histories. The nebulae shown here were not involved in this new study, but demonstrate the varied forms of these spectacular objects.

Credit:

ESA/Hubble & NASA
NGC 6302: NASA, ESA and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team
NGC 6881: ESA/Hubble & NASA
NGC 5189: NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
M2-9: Bruce Balick (University of Washington), Vincent Icke (Leiden University, The Netherlands), Garrelt Mellema (Stockholm University), and NASA/ESA
Hen 3-1475: ESA/Hubble & NASA
Hubble 5: Bruce Balick (University of Washington), Vincent Icke (Leiden University, The Netherlands), Garrelt Mellema (Stockholm University), and NASA/ESA

About the Image

Id:heic1316b
Type:Collage
Release date:4 September 2013, 15:00
Related releases:heic1316
Size:4194 x 2852 px

About the Object

Name:Hen 3-1475, Hubble 5, M2-9, NGC 5189, NGC 6302, NGC 6881
Type:Local Universe : Nebula : Type : Planetary
Category:Nebulae

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