Friday, February 26, 2010

Astrophoto Friday: Helix Nebula

It is Astrophoto Friday again. Today we have a vintage shot from the 200-inch telescope.

NGC 7293, the Helix Nebula

This image was captured from prime focus by Rudolph Minkowski the night of October 12, 1952. The Helix Nebula is a planetary nebula. It is seen in the direction of constellation of Aquarius and is located some 450 light-years away.

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