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Ghost of Jupiter Nebula
Sig13 014

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/J. Hora (Harvard-Smithsonian CfA)

Observation • October 28th, 2013 • sig13-014


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.

About the Object

Ghost of JupiterNGC 3242
Nebula > Type > Planetary
1,400 Light Years

Color Mapping

Band Wavelength Telescope
Infrared 3.6 µm Spitzer IRAC
Infrared 4.5 µm Spitzer IRAC
Infrared 8.0 µm Spitzer MIPS


Position ()
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