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The Ring Nebula's True Shape

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NASA's Hubble Space Telescope Reveals the Ring Nebula's True Shape

The Ring Nebula Takes Shape

This video begins with a zoom into the constellation Lyra to the location of the Ring Nebula and the new image from the Hubble Space Telescope and the Large Binocular Telescope. The view cross-fades to a three-dimensional model of the Ring Nebula that was developed from the new observations. A circuit around the 3D model showcases the main ring structure, the perpendicular lobes, the spike-like emission in the shadows of dense knots, and the halos surrounding the nebula.

Credit: NASA, ESA, and G. Bacon, F. Summers, and Mary Estacion (STScI)

Source: HubbleSite

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Exploring the Structure of the Ring Nebula

This video begins with a zoom into the constellation Lyra to the location of the Ring Nebula and the new image from the Hubble Space Telescope and the Large Binocular Telescope. Then the three-dimensional model of the Ring Nebula, developed from the new observations, is explored. The main ring glows in the light of nitrogen, shown in red. That ring is filled with oxygen emission, shown in green. Perpendicular lobes are filled with the hottest emission from helium, shown in blue. Dense dark knots line the interior of the ring, and their shadows glow like spikes in hydrogen emission, shown in red. Hydrogen emission also reveals the inner and outer halos. A circuit around the 3D model showcases the more accurate and more detailed structure astronomers have uncovered.

Credit: NASA, ESA, and G. Bacon, F. Summers, and Mary Estacion (STScI)

Source: HubbleSite

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Wow. I've looked at photos of the ring nebula for years and wondered what it looked like from different perspectives. Thanks!

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THis is cool!!!!!!!

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