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Esahubble_potw2104a_1024

esahubble_potw2104a January 25th, 2021

Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, L. Stanghellini

The lives of planetary nebulae are often chaotic, from the death of their parent star to the scattering of its contents far out into space. Captured here by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, ESO 455-10 is one such planetary nebula, located in the constellation of Scorpius (The Scorpion). The oblate shells of ESO 455-10, previously held tightly together as layers of its central star, not only give this planetary nebula its unique appearance, but also offer information about the nebula. Seen in a field of stars, the distinct asymmetrical arc of material over the north side of the nebula is a clear sign of interactions between ESO 455-10 and the interstellar medium. The interstellar medium is the material consisting of matter and radiation between star systems and galaxies. The star at the centre of ESO 455-10 allows Hubble to see the interaction with the gas and dust of the nebula, the surrounding interstellar medium, and the light from the star itself. Planetary nebulae are thought to be crucial in galactic enrichment as they distribute their elements, particularly the heavier metal elements produced inside a star, into the interstellar medium which will in time form the next generation of stars.

Provider: Hubble Space Telescope | ESA

Image Source: https://esahubble.org/images/potw2104a/

Curator: ESA/Hubble, Garching bei München, None, Germany

Image Use Policy: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
ESO 455-10
Subject - Milky Way
Nebula > Type > Planetary
Esahubble_potw2104a_128
 

Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 17h 30m 58.9s
DEC = -31° 1’ 5.7”
Orientation
North is 42.8° CCW
Field of View
0.3 x 0.3 arcminutes
Constellation
Scorpius

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Blue Hubble (WFC3) Optical (Long pass) 200.0 nm
Green Hubble (WFC3) Optical (Long pass) 350.0 nm
Blue Hubble (WFC3) Optical (O III) 502.0 nm
Red Hubble (WFC3) Optical (I) 814.0 nm
Spectrum_base
Blue
Green
Blue
Red
Esahubble_potw2104a_1280
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ID
potw2104a
Subject Category
B.4.1.3  
Subject Name
ESO 455-10
Credits
ESA/Hubble & NASA, L. Stanghellini
Release Date
2021-01-25T06:00:00
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://esahubble.org/images/potw2104a/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope
Instrument
WFC3, WFC3, WFC3, WFC3
Color Assignment
Blue, Green, Blue, Red
Band
Optical, Optical, Optical, Optical
Bandpass
Long pass, Long pass, O III, I
Central Wavelength
200, 350, 502, 814
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
None, None, None, None
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
262.745234411, -31.0182522321
Reference Dimension
488.0, 460.0
Reference Pixel
244.0, 230.0
Scale
-1.09978259423e-05, 1.09978259423e-05
Rotation
42.779999999999731
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Full
FITS Header
Notes
Creator (Curator)
ESA/Hubble
URL
http://www.spacetelescope.org
Name
Email
Telephone
Address
Karl-Schwarzschild-Strasse 2
City
Garching bei München
State/Province
None
Postal Code
D-85748
Country
Germany
Rights
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
Publisher
ESA/Hubble
Publisher ID
esahubble
Resource ID
potw2104a
Metadata Date
2020-12-29T14:40:57+01:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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