Where In The Universe #92

Article written: 18 Feb , 2010
Updated: 24 Dec , 2015

Here’s this week’s image for the Where In The Universe Challenge, to test your visual knowledge of the cosmos (late again — sorry!) You know what to do: take a look at this image and see if you can determine where in the universe this image is from; give yourself extra points if you can name the instrument responsible for the image. We’ll provide the image today, but won’t reveal the answer until tomorrow. This gives you a chance to mull over the image and provide your answer/guess in the comment section. Please, no links or extensive explanations of what you think this is — give everyone the chance to guess.

UPDATE: The answer has now been posted below.

This is the Stingray Nebula, as seen by Hubble’s Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 back in 1996.

In this image, the bright central star is in the middle of the green ring of gas. Its companion star is diagonally above it at 10 o’clock. A spur of gas (green) is forming a faint bridge to the companion star due to gravitational attraction.

The nebula is as large as 130 solar systems, but, at its distance of 18,000 light-years, it appears only as big as a dime viewed a mile away. The Stingray is located in the direction of the southern constellation Ara (the Altar constellation).

8 Responses

  1. Member
    IVAN3MAN says

    The Stingray Nebula; Hubble Space Telescope.

  2. Member
    IVAN3MAN says

    Woohoo! First poster too!

  3. thomaskoshy says

    Stingray Nebula (Hen-1357) by the Hubble Space Telescope.

  4. Ringman says

    Some planetary nebula somewhere.

  5. ROCA says

    Hen-1357 by HST
    “The Stingray Nebula”

  6. neoguru says

    Stingray Nebula by Hubble.

  7. Jon Hanford says

    See Wiki entry on Hen-1357 and it’s monniker “the Stingray Nebula”

  8. entropy123 says

    stingray nebula

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