Where In The Universe #91

Article written: 10 Feb , 2010
Updated: 24 Dec , 2015
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It’s time once again for another Where In The Universe Challenge. Test your visual knowledge of the cosmos by naming where in the Universe this image was taken and give yourself extra points if you can name the spacecraft responsible for this picture. Post your guesses in the comments section, and check back on later at this same post to find the answer. To make this challenge fun for everyone, please don’t include links or extensive explanations with your answer. Good luck!

UPDATE: The answer has been posted below:

This is a planetary nebula with some issues, as it is bipolar. M2-9 is a striking example of a ‘butterfly’ nebula. Another more revealing name might be the ‘Twin Jet Nebula,’ as it looks like a pair of exhaust steams from jet engines. The image was taken by the Hubble Space Telescope and you can get more info on it here from the ESA Hubble website.

Check back next week for another WITU challenge!



20 Responses

  1. J. Major says

    I think I saw this flying around in Avatar.

    (Filmed in IMAX 3D.)

  2. Jorge says

    These kinds of objects aren’t my thing. I could go search and find with relative ease the actual answer (after all, there aren’t that many well-photographed planetary nebulae), but I like doing this off the top of my head, and I got nothing.

    It might be a Hubble image, though…

  3. William928 says

    My guess is a planetary nebula, no clue which one, and a Hubble image?

  4. Jon Hanford says

    This is the bipolar planetary nebula M2-9 imaged by Hubble. Probably using WFPC2.

  5. Hon. Salacious B. Crumb says

    It is not a planetary nebulae but the bipolar planetary nebula, M2-9.
    It is commonly called the “Minkowski’s Butterfly nebula”, and was discovered by Rudolph Minkowski in the late 1940s. M2-9 lies in the equatorial constellation of Ophiuchus. The image was taken Hubble.
    From memory it lies about 650 parsecs away.

  6. Hon. Salacious B. Crumb says

    @ Jon
    The dates and times are the same for our posts.
    Drats! It seems mere seconds count here!

  7. Commander says

    Rats! Beaten by Jon and Mr. Crumb, both of whom are correct! Good job, guys! Oh, well. There’s always next week.

  8. Jon Hanford says

    @Crumb

    I was channeling your post! 🙂

  9. Ringman says

    Some planetary nebula

  10. Lawrence B. Crowell says

    Beaten to the punch. This is Nebula M2-9 from a Hubble image.

    LC

  11. Mr.No.Scope says

    It has already been said (rats) but this is the Butterfly Nebula. I have no idea how Nancy got this photo out of my “planetary nebula” photo library.

  12. krishna says

    Planetary Nebula M2-9, in Ophiuchus
    taken by HST.

  13. thomaskoshy says

    This is a picture of the supersonic exhaust from Nebula M2-9. Astronomers call it “Twin Jet Nebula”. Taken by the Hubble.

  14. ROCA says

    The picture was taken by HST and this object is a planetary nebula. It has many names:
    >
    Minkowski 2-9,
    M2-9,
    Twin Jet Nebula,
    Butterfly Nebula,
    Minkowski’s Butterfly,
    Wings of a Butterfly Nebula.

  15. pikoia says

    It is Minkowski 2-9, the Butterfly Nebula, imaged by HST

  16. neoguru says

    M2-9 by Hubble. How’d I know? It’s one of the Hubble images I’ve saved on my computer for the slide show which is my screen saver. Hehehe

  17. Navneeth says

    I remember the name Butterfly. And I definitely know that it was taken by the Hubble.

  18. Andy F says

    It is the Butterfly Planetary Nebula taken by HST

  19. RUF says

    Thought it was called the “water-fountain” nebula?

  20. mgmirkin says

    M2-9, The Wings of a Butterfly Nebula, or Butterfly Nebula, or a few other names. One of my personal favorite objects…

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