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.

Hubble Telescope, Nebulae, Observations, Planetary Nebulae


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