About the Image
- NASA/JPL-Caltech/ J. Hora (Harvard-Smithsonian CfA)
About the Object
- Helix Nebula • NGC 7293
- Nebula > Type > Planetary
- 650 Light Years
|Infrared||3.6 µm||Spitzer IRAC|
|Infrared||4.5 µm||Spitzer IRAC|
|Infrared||8.0 µm||Spitzer IRAC|
- Position (J2000)
- RA = 22h 29m 40.5s
- Dec = -20° 49' 49.7"
- Field of View
- 29.1 x 27.1 arcminutes
- North is 64.9° right of vertical
Spitzer Celebrates Fourth Anniversary with Celestial Fireworks
A newly expanded image of the Helix nebula lends a festive touch to the fourth anniversary of the launch of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. This spectacular object, a dying star unraveling into space, is a favorite of amateur and professional astronomers alike. Spitzer has mapped the expansive outer structure of the six-light-year-wide nebula, and probed the inner region around the central dead star to reveal what appears to be a planetary system that survived the star's chaotic death throes.
Feature Article Spitzer Celebrates Fourth Anniversary with Celestial Fireworks feature07-13
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