Planetary nebulae can look simple,
round, and planet-like in small telescopes.
But images from the orbiting
Hubble Space Telescope have become
well known for showing these fluorescent
gas shrouds of
Sun-like stars to possess a
of detailed symmetries and shapes.
This composite color Hubble image of NGC 6751, the Glowing Eye Nebula, is a beautiful example of a
with complex features.
It was selected in April of 2000 to commemorate the
anniversary of Hubble in orbit,
but was reprocessed recently by an amateur as part of the
Hubble Legacy program.
Winds and radiation from the intensely hot central
have apparently created
the nebula's streamer-like features.
actual diameter is approximately 0.8 light-years
or about 600 times the size of our Solar System.
is 6,500 light-years distant in the high-flying constellation of the Eagle
Hubble Legacy Archive,