Planetary Nebula NGC 3918

Planetary Nebula NGC 3918

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News release ID: STScI-1997-38
Release Date: Dec 17, 1997
Image Use: Copyright
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NGC 3918 is in the constellation Centaurus and is about 3,000 light-years from us. Its diameter is about 0.3 light-year. It shows a roughly spherical outer envelope but an elongated inner balloon inflated by a fast wind from the hot central star, which is starting to break out of the spherical envelope at the top and bottom of the image.

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Credits: Howard Bond (Space Telescope Science Institute), Robin Ciardullo (Pennsylvania State University) and NASA