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June 5, 2003 09:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2003-16

Supernova Shock Wave Paints Cosmic Portrait

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About the Object
Object Name: Pencil Nebula, NGC 2736
Object Description: Nebula in the Vela Supernova Remnant
Position (J2000): R.A. 09h 00m 17s.72
Dec. -45° 54' 57".27
Constellation: Vela
Distance: About 815 light-years (250 parsecs)
Dimensions: The image is roughly 3.3 arcminutes (0.78 light-years or 0.24 parsecs) across.
About the Data
Data Description: These data are from the HST proposal 9698 by K. Noll, H. Bond, C. Christian, L. Frattare, F. Hamilton, Z. Levay, T. Royle (Hubble Heritage Team STScI/AURA) and collaborators W. Blair (JHU) and D. Malin (DMI).
Instrument: ACS/WFC
Exposure Date(s): October 21, 2002
Exposure Time: 3 hours
Filters: F435W (B), F502N ([O III]), F555W (V), F658N (Hα+[N II]), F775 (SDSS i)
About the Image
Image Credit: NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
Release Date: June 5, 2003
Orientation: The Pencil Nebula: Remnants of an Exploded Star (NGC 2736)