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NGC 6302 with [Fe II] Emission | by geckzilla
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NGC 6302 with [Fe II] Emission

New observations from 2019 (Prop 15953/Joel Kastner) reveal [Fe II] emission, shown here in pink, along the edges of the biopolar outflows of this young planetary nebula. I created this image specifically to clearly detail this discovery, deliberately arranging filters and assigning colors that would draw one's eyes to the new emission line data.


Hat tip to Bruce Balick for his original idea of removing the stars in the [Fe II] data. Through a strange series of emails I ended up "stealing" this idea, but he seemed happy about it when confession time came.


Data from the following proposals were used to create this image:

WFC3 ERO: Planetary Nebula

Young and Rapidly Evolving: a Panchromatic WFC3 Imaging Study of the Planetary Nebulae NGC 7027 and NGC 6302


Note that stars were manually removed from the F164N/[Fe II] data.


Red screen: F164N ([Fe II])

Red: F673N

Yellow-Green: F658N

Blue: F373N


North is 35.20° clockwise from up.

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Uploaded on June 19, 2020