About the Image
- NASA/JPL-Caltech/J. Hora (Harvard-Smithsonian CfA)
About the Object
- Ghost of Jupiter • NGC 3242
- Nebula > Type > Planetary
- 1,400 Light Years
|Infrared||3.6 µm||Spitzer IRAC|
|Infrared||4.5 µm||Spitzer IRAC|
|Infrared||8.0 µm||Spitzer MIPS|
- Position (undefined)
- RA = 10h 24m 46.8s
- Dec = -18° 38' 38.8"
- Field of View
- 5.3 x 5.3 arcminutes
- North is 65.5° left of vertical
Ghost of Jupiter Nebula
The Ghost of Jupiter, also known as NGC 3242, is located roughly 1,400 light-years away in the constellation Hydra. Spitzer's infrared view shows off the cooler outer halo of the dying star, colored here in red. Also evident are concentric rings around the object, the result of material being periodically tossed out in the star's final death throes.
In this image, infrared light at wavelengths of 3.6 microns is rendered in blue, 4.5 microns in green, and 8.0 microns in red.
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