Looking Down a Barrel of Gas at a Doomed Star
One of the most famous of all planetary nebulae. A dying star has thrown off some of its outer material thousands of years ago. The nebula is situated 2.000 light years away in the constellation Lyra.
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured the sharpest view yet of the most famous of all planetary nebulae: the Ring Nebula (M57). In this October 1998 image, the telescope has looked down a barrel of gas cast off by a dying star thousands of years ago. This photo reveals elongated dark clumps of material embedded in the gas at the edge of the nebula; the dying central star floating in a blue haze of hot gas. The nebula is about a light-year in diameter and is located some 2, 000 light-years from Earth in the direction of the constellation Lyra.
About the Image
|Release date:||6 January 1999, 06:00|
|Size:||1215 x 1241 px|
About the Object
|Type:||• Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Planetary|
• X - Nebulae Images/Videos
|Distance:||2500 light years|
Colours & filters
|469 nm||Hubble Space Telescope|
|501 nm||Hubble Space Telescope|
|658 nm||Hubble Space Telescope|