Helix Nebula pan and zoom

Zoom and pan over the colour-composite image of the Helix Nebula (NGC 7293), created from images obtained using the the Wide Field Imager (WFI), an astronomical camera attached to the 2.2-metre Max-Planck Society/ESO telescope at the La Silla observatory in Chile. The blue-green glow in the centre of the Helix comes from oxygen atoms shining under effects of the intense ultraviolet radiation of the 120 000 degree Celsius central star and the hot gas. Further out from the star and beyond the ring of knots, the red colour from hydrogen and nitrogen is more prominent.

Read more about it on the ESO press photo 07-09



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Release date:25 February 2009
Related releases:eso0907
Duration:56 s

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