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Planetary Nebula Sampler

NGC 2346

This nebula belongs to the class of bipolar planetaries exhibiting "butterfly" or "hourglass" morphologies. Typically, these nebulae come from somewhat younger stars than rounder planetaries.

Shape: butterfly shaped

Distance: 2,000 light years

Location: Constellation Monoceros

RA: 07 09 22.52 DEC: -00 48 23.6

Size: 1/3 of a light year in diameter

Abundances/Description: unusually bright with two central stars that orbit around each other every 16 days.

Discoverer: Minkowski (1946)

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Astronomy Picture of the Day from Hubble Space Telescope

An infrared image

Image from David Malin