Skip to comments.Astronomy Picture of the Day -- The Cat's Eye Nebula
Posted on 07/03/2016 9:56:07 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
Explanation: Three thousand light-years away, a dying star throws off shells of glowing gas. This image from the Hubble Space Telescope reveals the Cat's Eye Nebula to be one of the most complex planetary nebulae known. In fact, the features seen in the Cat's Eye are so complex that astronomers suspect the bright central object may actually be a binary star system. The term planetary nebula, used to describe this general class of objects, is misleading. Although these objects may appear round and planet-like in small telescopes, high resolution images reveal them to be stars surrounded by cocoons of gas blown off in the late stages of stellar evolution.
(Excerpt) Read more at 22.214.171.124 ...
[Credit and Copyright: J. P. Harrington (U. Maryland) & K. J. Borkowski (NCSU) HST, NASA]
Happy Independence Day, Sunken Civ!
That’s a beauty! I’ve got Nine lives, Cat’s eyes....
Ah geez! This is a repeat from Today’s Picture: June 28, 1995!
Isn’t there anything new in the universe?....... : )
2nd biggest selling album in history, last I checked.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.