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About this Object

Object Name:

NGC 3132 • "The Eight-Burst Nebula" • "Southern Ring Nebula"

Object Description:

Planetary Nebula

Position (J2000):

R.A.10h 06m 58.54s
Dec. -40° 26' 00"

Constellation:

Vela

Total Visual Magnitude:

~ 8

Distance:

2000 light-years (590 pc)

Diameter of Object:

NGC 3132 is ~ 0.4 light years in diameter.

Dimensions:

The image is 1.2 arcminutes on the vertical side.

About the Data

Instrument:

WFPC2

Exposure Date:

December 7, 1995

Exposure Time:

1 hour

Filters:

Red: F658N (NII), Green: F656N (H-alpha), Blue: F502N (OIII)

Colors:

Chromatically ordered (see caption)

Principal Astronomers:

R. Sahai, J. Trauger & R. Evans (Jet Propulsion Lab), and the WFPC2 Investigation Definition Team (IDT)

About this Image

Image Credit:

NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Release Date:

November 5, 1998 12:00pm EDT

Orientation/Scale:

North is to the bottom left hand corner of the image.