Sunday, 14 June 2009

God's Eye

gods eye helix nebula helix ngc7293
This is the Helix Nebula, also known as The Helix or NGC 7293. It is a large planetary nebula (PN) located in the constellation of Aquarius. Discovered by Karl Ludwig Harding, probably before 1824, this object is one of the closest to the Earth of all the bright planetary nebulae. The estimated distance is about 215 parsecs or 700 light-years.

A beam of light would take 2.5 years to travel across it !!

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