July 28, 2012

A Nebula if You Please

This is another very cool object. This is M57. With the 32 inch telescope it is just barely visible with the naked eye as a hazy white thing. Here you can clearly see the nebula as well as the white dwarf right in the center of it. The nebula was formed by a red giant star expelling its shell of gas into space on its way to becoming a white dwarf. This is the stunning result. Once again, not a great picture of it, but I am going to work on that!

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