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November 7, 2002 12:00 AM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2002-25

An Old Star Gives Up the Ghost

Technical facts about this news release:

About the Object
Object Name: NGC 6369, The Little Ghost Nebula
Object Description: Planetary Nebula
Position (J2000): R.A. 17h 29m 20.40s
Dec. -23° 45' 37.9"
Constellation: Ophiuchus
Distance: 2,000 - 5,000 light-years (600 - 1,500 parsecs)
Dimensions: This image is 2.4 arcminutes across. At a distance of 3,500 light-years, this width corresponds to 2.5 light-years (0.75 parsecs).
About the Data
Instrument: WFPC2
Exposure Date(s): February 27, 2002
Exposure Time: 51 minutes
Principal Astronomers: Hubble Heritage Team: K. Noll, H. Bond, C. Christian, L. Frattare, F. Hamilton, J. Lee, Z. Levay, E. Masiello, P. Royle (STScI), T. Borders (Sonoma State, CA)
About the Image
Image Credit: NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
Release Date: November 7, 2002
Filters: F439W (B), F502N ([O III]), F555W (V), F656N (H-alpha), F658N ([N II]), F814W (I)
Scale Note: The scale bar of 0.3 parsec/1 light-year assumes a distance to NGC 6369 of 3,500 light-years.
Orientation: An Old Star Gives Up the Ghost