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HUBBLE PROBES THE COMPLEX HISTORY OF A DYING
EMBARGOED UNTIL: 9:00 A.M. MST, January 11, 1995
PHOTO RELEASE NO. : STScI-PRC95-01
This color picture, taken with the Wide Field Planetary
Camera-2, is a
composite of three images taken at different wavelengths. (red,
hydrogen-alpha; blue, neutral oxygen, 6300 angstroms; green, ionized
nitrogen, 6584 angstroms). The image was taken on September 18, 1994.
NGC 6543 is 3,000 light-years away in the northern constellation Draco.
The term planetary nebula is a misnomer; dying stars create
cocoons when they lose outer layers of gas. The process has nothing to
do with planet formation, which is predicted to happen early in a star's life.
This material was presented at the 185th meeting of the
Astronomical Society in Tucson, AZ on January 11, 1995.
Credit: J.P. Harrington and K.J. Borkowski (University of Maryland), and NASA