Mounted image 160: The Pencil Nebula

This strange and beautiful structure is the Pencil Nebula, NGC 2736, a supernova remnant in the constellation of Vela (The Sails). The glowing filaments were created from material ejected in a supernova explosion that took place about 11 000 years ago. The brightest part resembles a pencil, hence the name, and the whole structure looks a little like a traditional witch’s broom. This picture was captured by the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile.




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Release date:17 September 2012, 10:44
Dimensions:60 cm (W) x 60 cm (H) x 1 cm (D)
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