Mapping the Ring Nebula's Structure

Mapping the Ring Nebula's Structure

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News release ID: STScI-2013-13
Release Date: May 23, 2013
Image Use: Copyright
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This illustration depicts a sideways view of the Ring Nebula, as deduced by astronomers using new Hubble observations. The doughnut-shaped feature in the center of the graphic is the main ring. The lobes above and below the ring comprise a football-shaped structure that pierces the ring. Dense knots of gas are embedded along the ring's inner rim.

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NASA, ESA, and A. Feild (STScI)