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May 23, 2013 10:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2013-13

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope Reveals the Ring Nebula's True Shape

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Image: Mapping the Ring Nebula's Structure

Mapping the Ring Nebula's Structure

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This illustration depicts a sideways view of the Ring Nebula, as deduced by astronomers using new Hubble observations. The doughnut-shaped feature in the center of the graphic is the main ring. The lobes above and below the ring comprise a football-shaped structure that pierces the ring. Dense knots of gas are embedded along the ring's inner rim.

Object Names: Ring Nebula, M57, NGC 6720

Image Type: Illustration

Credit: NASA, ESA, and A. Feild (STScI)

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