Southern Ring Nebula November 5, 2005Posted by jtintle in Hubble Telescope, NASA, Nebula, Space Fotos.
This nebula, also known as the “Eight-Burst” Nebula because of it appears to be a figure-8 when seen through some telescopes, is visible in the southern hemisphere. The nebula is nearly half a light year in diameter and 2,000 light years away. Gases are moving away from the dying star at its center at a speed of nine miles per second.
Image Credit: NASA/The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA/NASA)