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About this Object

Object Name:

Mz 3 • Menzel 3 • The "Ant Nebula"

Object Description:

Planetary Nebula in the Milky Way Galaxy

Position (J2000):

R.A. 16h 17m 17.35s
Dec. -51 59' 00"

Constellation:

Norma

Distance:

About 900 pc (3000 light-years)  

Dimensions:

The object is roughly 1 arcminute or 0.5 pc (1.6 light-years) long.

About the Data

Instrument:

WFPC2

Exposure Dates:

July 20, 1997; June 30, 1998

Exposure Time:

1.7 hours   

Colors/Filters:

Red

F673N

[S II]

Green

F658N

[N II]

Blue

F656N

Ha

Blue/Violet

F502N

[O III]

Principal Astronomers:

R. Sahai and J. Trauger (Jet Propulsion Lab); B. Balick (University of Washington), V. Icke (Leiden University)

About this Image

Image Credit:

NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Release Date:

February 1 , 2001 1:00 a.m. (EST)

Scale: