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.
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About the Image
|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
|555 nm||Hubble Space Telescope|
|814 nm||Hubble Space Telescope|