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IC 418: The "Spirograph" Nebula

Release date: Sep 7, 2000 12:00 AM (EDT)
Release type: Hubble Heritage

Glowing like a multi-faceted jewel, the planetary nebula IC 418 lies about 2,000 light-years from Earth in the constellation Lepus. In this picture, the Hubble telescope reveals some remarkable textures weaving through the nebula. Their origin, however, is still uncertain.