- Art by Judy Schmidt

MZ2 (2013)

This one almost escaped my attention. Scrolling through the archive, I spotted a faint blue formation on one of the PC chips. Planetary nebula ho! There wasn’t a lot of data for it—only two wide band filters were used. However, what was there had a good signal, so I’m happy. Still, I can’t help but wonder what might lurk in the world of emissions… perhaps not much. Perhaps that’s why it wasn’t collected. Or maybe there’s a vast and intricate pattern in there somewhere, kind of like NGC 5189, which it looks somewhat similar to.

Anyway, it’s pretty big so this is only the center of it. Makes me wonder what the age of it is relative to the others. One thing that’s hard about PN’s is trying to figure out how far away they are. If you don’t know how far away they are, you can’t tell how big they are. Given the number of stars in the field, my guess would be that this is a pretty large structure.

Red: hst_06119_0a_wfpc2_f814w_pc_sci
Green: pseudo
Blue: hst_06119_0a_wfpc2_f555w_pc_sci

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