If you’re not familiar with preplanetary nebulas, this could be confusing. In the center is a star and wrapped around that is a toroid of dust. Some other dust is illuminated by the star while the dark spots are in front and are obscuring visible light.
This one had a fairly odd set of filters to it so I think the colors are represented rather oddly as well. H-alpha is green this time. Usually it’s red. Anyway, weird thing, weird filters, weird colors.
All channels, in varying intensity: HST_10537_01_ACS_HRC_F814W_sci
North is 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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