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Σάββατο, 23 Μαρτίου 2013


IC 4406 or the Retina Nebula





IC 4406 is a dying star, a planetary nebula located about 2,000 light years away near the western border of the Lupus (or the Wolf) constellation. Gas and dust form a vast donut of material streaming outward from the dying star. From the Hubble Space Telescope, we are only seeing a side of the donut. It exhibits a high degree of symmetry; the left and right halves of the Hubble image are nearly mirror images of the other. 






High Resolution Image (1280 X 1000 px; 1.25 MB):http://imgsrc.hubblesite.org/hu/db/images/hs-2002-14-a-full_jpg.jpg



Credit: NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA).

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