Share

News Release Archive:

News Release 439 of 967

December 16, 2004 10:00 AM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2004-32

A New Twist on an Old Nebula

A HubbleMinute Video
Back

Video: HubbleMinute - Helix Nebula: A New Twist

Running Time: 3 minutes 19 seconds

A Video News Release explains how the shapes of planetary nebulae are deceiving. Astronomers combined highly detailed images of the Helix Nebula from the Hubble Space Telescope's Advanced Camera for Surveys, with images from the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile. From these observations, they were able to analyze the data and construct a 3-D model from measurements of the Helix Nebula using ground-based optical and radio telescopes to show the speed and direction of the outflows of material from the nebula. The team found surprises in their data that indicate that the Helix's structure is even more perplexing than originally thought.

Credit: NASA, ESA, and L. Barranger (STScI)

What is HubbleMinute?

The latest news with style ... HubbleMinute is a brief video news report that combines music, narrative, and animations to convey the latest Hubble discovery to the public.


Release Videos

Helix Nebula Model Running Time: 40 seconds
HubbleMinute - Helix Nebula: A New Twist Running Time: 3 minutes 19 seconds
Hubble Space Telescope Animation Running Time: 12 seconds
Planetary Nebula Animation Running Time: 29 seconds