The Cat's Eye Nebula

This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows one of the most complex planetary nebulae ever seen, NGC 6543, nicknamed the "Cat's Eye Nebula." Hubble reveals surprisingly intricate structures including concentric gas shells, jets of high-speed gas and unusual shock-induced knots of gas. Estimated to be 1,000 years old, the nebula is a visual "fossil record" of the dynamics and late evolution of a dying star.

This Hubble Space Telescope image shows one of the most complex planetary nebulae ever seen, NGC 6543, nicknamed the 'Cat's Eye Nebula.' Hubble reveals surprisingly intricate structures including concentric gas shells, jets of high-speed gas and unusual shock-induced knots of gas. Estimated to be 1,000 years old, the nebula is a visual 'fossil record' of the dynamics and late evolution of a dying star.

Credit:

J.P. Harrington and K.J. Borkowski (University of Maryland), and NASA/ESA

About the Image

NASA press release
Id:opo9501c
Type:Observation
Release date:11 January 1995, 15:00
Size:760 x 742 px

About the Object

Name:Cat's Eye Nebula, NGC 6543
Type:• Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Planetary
• Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Jet
• X - Nebulae Images/Videos
Distance:3000 light years

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BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
H-alpha
656 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
OI
630 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
NII
658 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2

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