Thursday, January 15, 2009

New Hubble image. Click to enlarge. Seriously. Click.

This is one of the most beautiful Hubble images yet.
Just released, snapped in November of 2008.

From HubbleSite:

January 15, 2009: The unique planetary nebula NGC 2818 is nested inside the open star cluster NGC 2818A. Both the cluster and the nebula reside over 10,000 light-years away, in the southern constellation Pyxis (the Compass).

This Hubble image was taken in November 2008 with the Wide Field Planetary Camera 2. The colors in the image represent a range of emissions coming from the clouds of the nebula: red represents nitrogen, green represents hydrogen, and blue represents oxygen.

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