Hubble's Necklace

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    Image released 11 Aug 2011.

    The "Necklace Nebula" is located 15,000 light-years away in the constellation Sagitta (the Arrow). In this composite image, taken on July 2, 2011, Hubble's Wide Field Camera 3 captured the glow of hydrogen (blue), oxygen (green), and nitrogen (red).

    The object, aptly named the Necklace Nebula, is a recently discovered planetary nebula, the glowing remains of an ordinary, Sun-like star. The nebula consists of a bright ring, measuring 12 trillion miles wide, dotted with dense, bright knots of gas that resemble diamonds in a necklace.

    Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

    NASA Goddard Space Flight Center enables NASA’s mission through four scientific endeavors: Earth Science, Heliophysics, Solar System Exploration, and Astrophysics. Goddard plays a leading role in NASA’s accomplishments by contributing compelling scientific knowledge to advance the Agency’s mission.

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    shuji+, gráce, Ghostfawn, and 59 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Ghostfawn 33 months ago | reply

      The Goddard centre represents everything I want to accomplish career-wise.

    2. ~Minnea~ 33 months ago | reply

      I heart Hubble;)

    3. NNelumba 33 months ago | reply

      how many beauty in the universe!

    4. dmunroephoto 33 months ago | reply

      Dang it NASA, stop making all my photos look boring...

    5. Olly Muxworthy 33 months ago | reply

      Second that! Looking at my contacts' recent uploads: Tree, Dog, Lake, NEBULA???!?
      Of course I am kidding. This is incredible as always and thank you so much for sharing these with us :)

    6. RomanGlass* 33 months ago | reply

      i love these shots.. just wonderful

    7. shutterbroke 33 months ago | reply

      Another wonderful shot from that telescope.

    8. Pete Tillman 33 months ago | reply

      WOW

      Added to a new article,
      en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Necklace_Nebula

      Thanks for posting these!

    9. homesteadbound 29 months ago | reply

      I used this wonderful picture in an article I wrote about nebula:
      homesteadbound.hubpages.com/hub/What-is-a-Nebula-Part-4-C...
      Great picture!

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