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February 1, 2001 01:00 AM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2001-05

Astro-Entomology? Ant-like Space Structure Previews Death of Our Sun

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About this Object 
Object Name: Mz 3; Menzel 3, The "Ant Nebula"
Object Description: Planetary Nebula
Position (J2000): R.A. 16h 17m 17.35s
Dec. -51° 59' 00"
Constellation: Norma
Distance: About 900 pc (3000 light-years)

The object is roughly 1 arcminute or 0.5 pc (1.6 light-years) long.

About the Data 
Instrument: WFPC2
Exposure Dates: July 20, 1997; June 30, 1998
Exposure Time: 1.7 hours
Red F673N [S II]
Green F658N [N II]
Blue F656N Ha
Blue/Violet F502N [O III]
Principal Astronomers: R. Sahai and J. Trauger (Jet Propulsion Lab); B. Balick (University of Washington), V. Icke (Leiden University)
About this Image 
ImageCredit: NASA, ESA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
Release Date: February 1, 2001 1:00 a.m. (EST)
Orientation: The Ant Nebula (Menzel 3): Fiery Lobes Protrude From Dying, Sun-like Star