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The Glowing Eye of NGC 6751
Description: Planetary Nebula in the Milky Way Galaxy
Position: R.A. 19h 05m 58s Dec. -05° 59' 20''
Distance: 6500 light-years (~2 kpc).
Dimensions: The diameter of the nebula is 24 arcseconds (about 0.8 light-years).
Exposure Date: April 21, 1998
Exposure Time: 30 minutes
Filters: F502N ([O III]), F555W (V), F658N ([N II])
Image Credit: NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
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ABOUT THIS IMAGE:
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have obtained images of the strikingly unusual
planetary nebula, NGC 6751.
are named after their round shapes as seen visually in small telescopes,
and have nothing else to do with
The Hubble observations
were obtained in 1998 with the Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2) by
a team of astronomers led
The nebula shows
several remarkable and poorly understood features. Blue regions mark the
hottest glowing gas, which forms a
Hajian and his team
are scheduled to reobserve NGC 6751 with Hubble's WFPC2 in 2001. Due to
the expansion of the nebula,