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June 13, 2002 12:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2002-14

Beauty in the Eye of Hubble

Technical facts about this news release:

About the Object
Object Name: IC 4406; "Retina Nebula"
Object Description: Bipolar Planetary Nebula
Position (J2000): R.A. 14h 22m 25.9s
Dec. -44° 09' 00"
Constellation: Lupus
Distance: About 600 parsecs (1900 light-years)
Dimensions: The diameter across the short dimension of the nebula is 0.08 parsecs (0.25 light-years) while the long dimension is 3.6 times as large.
About the Data
Instrument: WFPC2
Exposure Date(s): June 28, 2001; January 19, 2002
Exposure Time: 1.3 hours
Principal Astronomers: C.R. O'Dell (Vanderbilt University) , B. Balick (U. Washington), A. Burkert (Max Planck Institute for Astronomy-Heidelberg), A. Hajian (USNO), W. Henney (UNAM, Morelia)
Hubble Heritage Team: K. Noll, H. Bond, C. Christian, L. Frattare, F. Hamilton, J. Lee, Z. Levay, P. Royle (STScI)
About the Image
Image Credit: NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
Release Date: June 13, 2002
Filters: F502N ([O III]), F656N (H-alpha), F658N ([N II])
Orientation: The Retina Nebula: Dying Star IC 4406