Pease 1 (2013)

One of the rare planetary nebulas found within a globular cluster. Wikipedia informs me that there are only four others discovered so far. Here is a great article which includes a human eye color approximation view, because people are always very interested in that. Personally, I don’t see what is interesting about that, because a lot of space objects are just pale green without any color variation to our eyes. I’m happy we have instruments to aid our vision of the cosmos.

I went with the filters which the nebula shined the most brightly in so that light from the cluster wouldn’t overpower the light from the nebula. Since planetary nebulas tend to glow rather brightly through a couple of narrowband filters, it’s possible to see the nebula much more clearly using them.

Red: hst_06751_03_wfpc2_f656n_pc_sci
Green: hst_06751_01_wfpc2_f502n_pc_sci
Blue: hst_06751_01_wfpc2_f336w_pc_sci

North is up.

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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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