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Planetary Nebula Sampler

NGC 2371

This nebula also has an obvious bipolar appearance. Note the pair of faint "polar caps" to the upper right and lower left which represent polar outflows, probably due to stellar winds constrained by the equatorial torus.

Shape: "butterfly" shaped, also "bi-lobed"

Location: Constellation Gemini

RA: 07 25 34.76 DEC: +29 29 26.2

Size: 55" diameter

Abundances/Description: also called the "Gemini Nebula" and the "Peanut Nebula"

Discoverer: Herschel (18th century), however, it was not identified as a PN until 1917 by Pease.