posted on Dec, 10 2012 @ 10:06 AM
Browsing the Hubble site, I thought I would share their picture of the week for those who appreciate 'outer space art'.
Planetary Nebula NGC 7354
NGC 7354 resides in Cepheus, a constellation named after the mythical King Cepheus of Aethiopia and is about half a light-year in
Located in a relatively vacant region of space about 4200 light-years away and difficult to see using an amateur telescope, the lonesome planetary
nebula NGC 7354 is often overlooked. However, thanks to this image captured by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope we are able to see this brilliant
ball of smoky light in spectacular detail.
Just as shooting stars are not actually stars and lava lamps do not actually contain lava, planetary nebulae have nothing to do with planets. The
name was coined by Sir William Herschel because when he first viewed a planetary nebula through a telescope, he could only identify a hazy smoky
sphere, similar to gaseous planets such as Uranus. The name has stuck even though modern telescopes make it obvious that these objects are not planets
at all, but the glowing gassy outer layers thrown off by a hot dying star.
I didn't know that...
You learn something new everyday.
Space never ceases to amaze me.
Please click the link for further info and higher res picture.