A Cosmic Bubble: NGC 3132

NGC 3132, also referred to as the Eight-Burst or the Southern Ring Nebula, glows at a distance of about 2,000 light years in the constellation Vela, making it one of the nearest so-called planetary nebulae. These phenomena are the result of the shedding of the outer gaseous layers of a star toward the end of its life cycle. The remaining stellar core's radiation causes the spherical shell of expelled gas to glow. The term "planetary nebula" derives from the round shape these objects have when viewed through small telescopes, making them appear similar to planets in the Solar System.

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ESO

About the Image

Id:ngc3132-cc
Type:Observation
Release date:3 December 2009, 23:18
Size:4585 x 3467 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 3132
Type:• Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Planetary
• X - Nebulae
Distance:2000 light years
Constellation:Vela

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Coordinates

Position (RA):10 7 0.99
Position (Dec):-40° 26' 24.70"
Field of view:6.35 x 4.80 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 1.6° right of vertical

 

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