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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


Video: The Ring Nebula Takes Shape

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This video begins with a zoom into the constellation Lyra to the location of the Ring Nebula and the new image from the Hubble Space Telescope and the Large Binocular Telescope. The view cross-fades to a three-dimensional model of the Ring Nebula that was developed from the new observations. A circuit around the 3D model showcases the main ring structure, the perpendicular lobes, the spike-like emission in the shadows of dense knots, and the halos surrounding the nebula.

Credit: NASA, ESA, and G. Bacon, F. Summers, and Mary Estacion (STScI)

Selected still images from this video (click to enlarge):

Release Videos

The Ring Nebula Takes Shape Running Time: 52 seconds
Exploring the Structure of the Ring Nebula Running Time: 1 minute 45 seconds