NGC 5189

Pretty patterns of gas and dust.
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Christopher K.
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NGC 5189

Post by Christopher K. » January 31st, 2015, 7:20 pm

This is a planetary nebula in the southern constellation Musca the Fly; Baton Rouge cannot see it. There are thousands of planetary nebulae, and our Sun will be one in a few billion years. NGC 5189 is two to three thousand light-years away. The image used for "March" in Astronomy's 2015 Deep Space Mysteries calendar is probably this one...
http://www.spacetelescope.org/images/heic1220a/

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