Planetary nebula M2-9

Planetary nebula M2-9

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This image is part of the feature Hubble Space Telescope 25th Anniversary
This image is part of the feature 25 Years Of The Hubble Space Telescope
This image is part of the feature Hubble Nebulas

Credit: NASA/ESA/STSCI/B.BALICK, U.WASHINGTON/ SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Planetary nebula. Hubble space telescope image of the M2-9 bipolar planetary nebula, with its 2 pro- minent gas jets. Neutral oxygen is red, singly- ionized nitrogen is green & doubly-ionized oxygen is blue. The jets occur because of a huge ring of gas (not seen here) around the 2 stars at the centre of M2-9. The ring channels gas ejected from the stars at over 320 kilometres per second like the nozzle of a jet engine. M2-9 lies 2100 light years away in the Opiuchus constellation and was formed by a stellar outburst which occurred about 1200 years ago. Image taken by Hubble's Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 on 2 August 1997.

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Keywords: astronomy, bipolar nebula, butterfly nebula, cosmology, hubble image, m2-9, m2-9 nebula, nebula, planetary, planetary nebula, science, star death, stellar, wfpc2 image

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