The planetary nebula Fleming 1 seen with ESO’s Very Large Telescope

This new ESO Very Large Telescope image shows the planetary nebula Fleming 1 in the constellation of Centaurus (The Centaur). This striking object is a glowing cloud of gas around a dying star. New observations have shown that it is likely that a very rare pair of white dwarf stars lies at the heart of this object. Their orbital motions can fully explain the remarkably symmetric structures of the jets in the surrounding gas clouds in this and similar objects.

Credit:

ESO/H. Boffin

About the Image

Id:eso1244a
Type:Observation
Release date:8 November 2012, 20:00
Related releases:eso1244
Size:1382 x 592 px

About the Object

Name:Fleming 1, PN G290.5+07.9
Type:• Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Planetary
• X - Nebulae
Distance:10000 light years
Constellation:Centaurus

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Coordinates

Position (RA):11 28 36.21
Position (Dec):-52° 56' 4.83"
Field of view:5.77 x 2.47 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 126.8° right of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
H-alpha + [NII]
660 nmVery Large Telescope
FORS2
Optical
[OIII]
504 nmVery Large Telescope
FORS2
Optical
[OII]
378 nmVery Large Telescope
FORS2

 

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