A jewel of the southern sky, NGC 3132 has captivated my imagination. Searching through the HLA I found a rarely used* filter, f631n, which is neutral oxygen (OI), added an extra dimensionality to the nebula by strongly highlighting the rims of the cloud-like formations. The details pierce all the way through the depths of the the nebula, making it appear much rounder, like looking into a cosmic womb.
*When I say this I mean I don’t see it very often for the planetary nebulas in the archive. I don’t mean that it’s rarely used overall.
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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