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May 11, 2004 09:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2004-11

Dying Star Sculpts Rungs of Gas and Dust

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About the Object
Object Name: HD 44179, "Red Rectangle"
Object Description: Bipolar proto-planetary nebula
Position (J2000): R.A. 06h 19m 58s.22
Dec. -10° 38' 14".7
Constellation: Monoceros
Distance: 2,300 light-years (700 parsecs)
Dimensions: This image is 35 arcseconds (24,000 Astronomical Units or 0.4 light-years or 0.1 parsecs) wide.
About the Data
Data Description: These data are taken from the HST proposal 7297: H. Van Winckel (Catholic University of Leuven), H.E. Bond (STScI) , M. Cohen (Radio Astronomy Laboratory, UC Berkley), C. Waelkens (Instituut voor Sterrenkunde, K.U.Leuven), L.B.F.M. Waters (Universiteit van Amsterdam), T.R.Gull (NASA/GSFC).
Instrument: WFPC2
Exposure Date(s): March 17, 1999
Exposure Time: 0.9 hours
Filters: F467M (Strömgren b), F502N ([O III]), F588N (He I & Na I), F622W, F631N ([O I])
About the Image
Image Credit: NASA, ESA, H. Van Winckel (Catholic University of Leuven) and M. Cohen (University of California, Berkeley)
Release Date: May 11, 2004
Orientation: Dying Star HD 44179, the