Subaru captures fireworks in the Helix

posted: 3121 days ago, on Friday, 2009 Jul 03 at 07:09
tags: astronomy, astrophotography, deep sky.

The 8.2-metre Subaru Telescope atop Maunu Kea has zoomed in on a small portion of the Helix Nebula, a beautiful planetary nebula located in Aquarius and visible in binoculars.

The new images reveal thousands of knots of molecular and atomic material within the nebula being ripped apart by radiation from the dying star at the nebula's centre.

View these close-ups on the Subaru homepage.

nothing more to see. please move along.