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News Release 590 of 1051

May 9, 2003 11:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2003-11

Iridescent Glory of Nearby Planetary Nebula Showcased on Astronomy Day

Technical facts about this news release:

About the Object
Object Name: Helix Nebula, NGC 7293
Object Description: Planetary Nebula
Position (J2000): R.A. 22h 29m 48.20s
Dec. -20° 49' 26.0"
Constellation: Aquarius
Distance: About 650 light-years (200 parsecs)
Dimensions: The image is roughly 27 arcminutes (5.1 light-years or 1.6 parsecs) across.
About the Data
Data Description: Hubble data have been superimposed onto ground-based data taken by Travis Rector (NRAO) at the 0.9 meter telescope located on Kitt Peak, Tucson, AZ (NOAO/AURA/NSF). The HST data are from proposal 9700. Processed images may be obtained from the Helix MAST web site. The Hubble Helix Team includes M. Meixner, H.E. Bond, G. Chapman (STScI), Y.-H. Chu (U. Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), P. Cox (Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale, France), W. Crothers, L.M. Frattare, R.Gilliland (STScI), M. Guerrero R. Gruendl (U. Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), F. Hamilton, (STScI), R.Hook (STScI/ESO), P. Huggins (New York Univ.), I. Jordan, C.D. Keyes, A. Koekemoer (STScI), K.Kwitter (Williams College), Z.G. Levay, P.R. McCullough, M. Mutchler, K. Noll (STScI), C.R. O'Dell (Vanderbilt Univ.), N. Panagia, M. Reinhart, M. Robberto, K. Sahu, D. Soderblom, L. Stanghellini, C. Tyler, J. Valenti, A. Welty, R. Williams (STScI).
Instrument: ACS/WFC Mosaic I Camera on KPNO 0.9m telescope
Exposure Date(s): November 19, 2002 November 3, 2001
Exposure Time: 4.5 hours 25 minutes
Filters: F502N ([O III]), F658N (H alpha) k1009 (H alpha), k1014 ([O III])
About the Image
Image Credit: NASA, NOAO, ESA, the Hubble Helix Nebula Team, M. Meixner (STScI), and T.A. Rector (NRAO)
Release Date: May 9, 2003
Orientation: Iridescent Glory of Nearby Helix Nebula