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  • Astin Childs

    Looks like Gods eye to me!! ESO's Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy (VISTA) has captured this unusual view of the Helix Nebula (NGC 7293), a planetary nebula located 700 light-years away. The coloured picture was created from images taken through Y, J and K infrared filters. While bringing to light a rich background of stars and galaxies, the telescope's infrared vision also reveals strands of cold nebular gas that are mostly obscured in visible images of the Helix.

  • Jenn Gauthier

    Helix Nebula Image courtesy ESO The rust-colored remains of a star like our sun, the Helix puffed up as it died and shed its shells of gas and dust into space. In visible light, fine details in the Helix are largely obscured by dust. This veil to see radiating filaments of cooler gas in the rings as well as a faint halo of thinly spread gas that extends to at least four light-years from the dead star's core.

  • Amy Schooner

    Helix Nebula. Outer space place.

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