Two-Lobed Planetary Nebula Hubble 5

Two-Lobed Planetary Nebula Hubble 5

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News release ID: STScI-1997-38
Release Date: Dec 17, 1997
Image Use: Copyright
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Hubble 5 is a striking example of a "butterfly" or bipolar (two-lobed) nebula. The heat generated by fast winds causes each of the lobes to expand, much like a pair of balloons with internal heaters. This observation was taken Sept. 9, 1997 by the Hubble telescope's Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2. Hubble 5 is 2,200 light-years away in the constellation Sagittarius.

Nebulas, Observations, Planetary Nebulas


Credits: Bruce Balick (University of Washington), Vincent Icke (Leiden University, The Netherlands), Garrelt Mellema (Stockholm University), and NASA