NGC 5307 illustration

NGC 5307 is a planetary nebula in the constellation Centaurus, about 8000 light years away. In the center of the nebula, which has a diameter of approximately 0.6 light years, a white dwarf is located which illuminates the gas from within.

The nebula itself has a spiral structure - as shown in the illustration - which may have been caused by the white star wobbling as it expelled jets of gas in different directions. NGC 5307 also shows a “point-symmetric” structure, what means that almost every blob has a counterpart on the opposite side of the central star.

Credit:

NASA & ESA

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo9738n
Type:Collage
Release date:17 December 1997, 06:00
Size:212 x 212 px

About the Object

Name:IRAS 13478-5057, NGC 5307
Type:• Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Planetary
• X - Nebulae Images/Videos
Distance:8000 light years

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
V
555 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Infrared
I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2

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