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The Cat's Eye Nebula from Hubble - Amazing photography

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posted on Apr, 25 2011 @ 01:50 PM
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Source: Astronomy Picture Of The Day


Explanation: Staring across interstellar space, the alluring Cat's Eye nebula lies three thousand light-years from Earth. A classic planetary nebula, the Cat's Eye (NGC 6543) represents a final, brief yet glorious phase in the life of a sun-like star. This nebula's dying central star may have produced the simple, outer pattern of dusty concentric shells by shrugging off outer layers in a series of regular convulsions.
But the formation of the beautiful, more complex inner structures is not well understood. Seen so clearly in this sharp Hubble Space Telescope image, the truly cosmic eye is over half a light-year across.
Of course, gazing into the Cat's Eye, astronomers may well be seeing the fate of our sun, destined to enter its own planetary nebula phase of evolution ... in about 5 billion years.


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

The odd thing is that there are so many different views of this nebula that I really don't know which one is the more realistic...

Check this out ----------> Cat's eye Nebula # versions


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posted on Apr, 25 2011 @ 01:54 PM
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The Universe is sooooooooo fascinating! I love Astronomy.

Whoa so many different versions? Interesting, very interesting.

Nice thread.


By far the greatest "version" of the cat's eye nebula:
bebelestrange.tumblr.com...
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posted on Apr, 25 2011 @ 02:00 PM
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Just WOW!

it is really beautiful isn't it.
we tend to loose perspective of the size of this nebula when we look at this photo.

and about the different versions, i guess its the photo textures & colors which are providing different view points.
Varying distances of the camera as well.

looks similar in most of the versions

thanks for the picture of the day. really beautiful



posted on Apr, 25 2011 @ 02:26 PM
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symetric nebula



posted on Apr, 26 2011 @ 09:30 AM
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Originally posted by iSeeKEnlightenment8o5
The Universe is sooooooooo fascinating! I love Astronomy.

Whoa so many different versions? Interesting, very interesting.

Nice thread.


By far the greatest "version" of the cat's eye nebula:
bebelestrange.tumblr.com...
edit on 25-4-2011 by iSeeKEnlightenment8o5 because: (no reason given)


Its a cats eye nebula rick roll. And now everyone here has just lost The Game.

The OP image is amazing. What is up with all the lens artifacts, though?



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