The Constellation Cetus – Zooming in on the skull Nebula

Date: 2021-05-05 03:50:12

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NGC 246 (also known as the Skull Nebula or Caldwell 56) is a planetary nebula in the constellation Cetus. The nebula and the stars associated with it are listed in several catalogs, as summarized by the SIMBAD database. It is roughly 1,600 light-years away. The nebula’s central star is the 12th magnitude white dwarf HIP 3678.

This video sequence starts from a wide field of the region of the sky around NGC 246, the Skull Nebula, and closes in on the planetary nebula. The final very detailed view comes from ESO’s Very Large Telescope at the Paranal Observatory in Chile.

Credit:
ESO/Digitized Sky Survey 2/N. Risinger (skysurvey.org)

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