Southern Crab Nebula
Depicts: Southern Crab Nebula, He2-104
Copyright: Romano Corradi, Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias, Tenerife, Spain; Mario Livio, Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, Md.; Ulisse Munari, Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova-Asiago, Italy; HugoSchwarz, Nordic Optical Telescope, Canarias, Spain; and NASA
A tempestuous relationship between an unlikely pair of stars may have created an oddly shaped, gaseous nebula that resembles an hourglass nestled within an hourglass.
This image shows the small nebula that is embedded in the center of the larger one (you can see the whole nebula by searching for opo9932a in the search form).
Last Update: 1 September 2019