It’s not the most colorfully striking planetary nebula but I feel its form is beautiful—almost heart shaped. I think if we could see Me 2-1 up close, it might bear some similarities to NGC 2867. (Note that Me 2-1’s colors are shifted due to the unusual choice of filters for it.)
I found some weird ACS/WFC data that required a bunch of extra work for this one. I was just going to use the WFPC2 data since it didn’t have the crazy bias streaks but I noticed that the f555w filter for the ACS/WFC image had these wonderful faint details emanating from the nebula and was thus sold on the extra work it took to reduce the bias streaks.
Unfortunately, there was no narrowband data available.
Red: F814W (JB5744010)
Green: F555W (JB5744020)
Blue: F435W (JB5744030)
North is NOT up.
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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