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September 9, 2004 09:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2004-27

Dying Star Creates Fantasy-like Sculpture of Gas and Dust

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About the Object
Object Name: Cat's Eye Nebula, NGC 6543
Object Description: Planetary Nebula
Position (J2000): R.A. 17h 58m 33s.42
Dec. +66° 37' 59".5
Constellation: Draco
Distance: 3,000 light-years (1,000 parsecs)
Dimensions: This image is 1.2 arcminutes (1.2 light-years or 0.35 parsecs) wide.
About the Data
Data Description: This image was created from HST observations from the following proposal: 9026: Z. Tsvetanov (JHU)
Instrument: ACS/WFC
Exposure Date(s): May 4, 2002
Exposure Time: 1.2 hours
Filters: F502N [O III], FR505N [O III] and F658N (Halpha+[N II])
About the Image
Image Credit: NASA, ESA, HEIC, and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
Release Date: September 9, 2004
Orientation: The Cat's Eye Nebula: Dying Star Creates Fantasy-like Sculpture of Gas and Dust