The object you thought might be a planetary nebula is apparently NOT a planetary nebula.
Instead, it’s just a circumstellar shell, which is apparently equivalent to the same thing that causes the zodiacal light around our own star. I’m not totally convinced they’re the same thing, though. Then again, I’m not an astrophysicist.
There was a considerable charge bleed across this one. I used the dust and scratches filter on certain masked areas carefully to remove both the bleed and the majority of the diffraction spikes. Diffraction spikes can be pretty but these were very bright and distracting.
Red Channel (Hydrogen alpha): hst_05149_01_wfpc2_f658n_pc_sci
Green Channel: pseudo
Blue Channel: hst_05149_01_wfpc2_f547m_pc_sci
Hubble data is public domain, but I put a lot of work into combining it into beautiful color images. The minimal credit line should read: NASA / ESA / J. Schmidt
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