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Planetary Nebula Sampler

Abell 35

One of the most bizarre looking nebulae in the sky, this nebula has a very unusal "bow shock" appearance due to the motion of the nebula and central star drifting through the gas between stars.

Shape: Very large and diffuse, but has a strange bow shock.

Distance: approximately 400 light years

Location: Hydra constellation

RA: 12 53 32.79 DEC: -22 52 22.6

Size: extends more than 10' in diameter (1 light year)

Abundances/Description: low surface brightness

Discoverer: George Abell - (1966)

Other Links: Focus on Abell 35 -- A Deep Sky Challenge