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Helix Nebula

The Helix Nebula is a large planetary nebula located in the constellation Aquarius. Discovered by Karl Ludwig Harding, probably before 1824, it’s one of the closest to the Earth of all the bright planetary nebulae discovered.The distance estimated is about 700 light-years. 36 more words

Helix Nebula

Under the Eye of God

Helix Nebula

(picture taken by the Spitzer space telescope—2007)


But I will exult and rejoice in your salvation,

because you have seen my affliction… 1,177 more words


As Is

As is the human body,

so is the cosmic body.

As is the human mind,

so is the cosmic mind.

As is the microcosm,

so is the macrocosm. 112 more words

Another Look at the Helix

ESO’s Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy (VISTA) captured this unusual view of the Helix Nebula ( aka NGC 7293). The planetary nebula is labout 700 light-years away. 44 more words


Knots of Wonder


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Video Credit: NASA / STSci 112 more words


Helix Nebula

The Helix Nebula (aka NGC 7293) is a large planetary nebula located in the constellation Aquarius. It’s about 700 light-years away. The Helix Nebula has sometimes been referred to as the “Eye of God.” Tolkien fans have occasionally called it the “Eye of Sauron” 143 more words


ESA Herschel Discovers OH+ in Planetary Nebula

ESA announces that Herschel’s SPIRE instrument has detected OH+ in the outer reaches of of the Helix Nebula. Planetary nebula are the glowing remains of a system in which a star, similar to the Sun, dies forming a Red giant which expands, consuming the surrounding planets.   285 more words

Planetary Science