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The Youngest Known Planetary Nebula

The Youngest Known Planetary Nebula

Depicts: Hen-1357, The Stingray Nebula, IRAS 17119-5926
Copyright: Matt Bobrowsky, Orbital Sciences Corporation and NASA

This Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 image captures the infancy of the Stingray nebula (Hen-1357), the youngest known planetary nebula.

In this image, the bright central star is in the middle of the green ring of gas. Its companion star is diagonally above it at 10 o'clock. A spur of gas (green) is forming a faint bridge to the companion star due to gravitational attraction.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
21-May-2024 04:37 UT

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