The Helix Nebula

The Helix Nebula

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News release ID: STScI-2004-32
Release Date: Dec 16, 2004
Image Use: Copyright
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The Helix Nebula is a cloud of gas expelled and illuminated by the dying star at its center. From our vantage point on Earth it looks like a donut, but its actual structure is layered and complex.

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Hubble Telescope, Nebulae, Observations, Planetary Nebulae


NASA, ESA, C.R. O'Dell (Vanderbilt University), M. Meixner and P. McCullough (STScI)