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December 16, 2004 10:00 AM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2004-32

A New Twist on an Old Nebula

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 690 light-years (213 parsecs)
Dimensions: The image is roughly 287 arcminutes (5.6 light-years or 1.7 parsecs) across.
About the Data
Data Description:

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 University), N. Panagia, M. Reinhart, M. Robberto, K. Sahu, D. Soderblom, L. Stanghellini, C. Tyler, J. Valenti, A. Welty, R. Williams (STScI).

The CTIO data were taken by C.R. O'Dell (Vanderbilt University) and L.M. Frattare (STScI). The science team includes C.R. O'Dell (Vanderbilt University), P.R. McCullough and M. Meixner (STScI).

Instrument: ACS/WFC Mosaic II Camera on CTIO 4m telescope
Exposure Date(s): November 19, 2002 September 17/18, 2003
Exposure Time: 4.5 hours 10 minutes
Filters: F502N ([O III]), F658N (Ha) c6009 (H alpha), kc6014 ([O III])


About the Image
Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and C.R. O'Dell (Vanderbilt University)
Release Date: December 16, 2004
Orientation: Helix Nebula As Seen By Hubble and the Cerro Toledo Inter-American Observatory