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About this Object

Object Name:

IC 4406; "Retina Nebula"

Object Description:

Bipolar Planetary Nebula

Position (J2000):

R.A. 14h 22m 25.9s
Dec. -44 09' 00"




About 600 parsecs (1900 light-years)


The diameter across the short dimension of the nebula is 0.08 parsecs (0.25 light-years) while the long dimension is 3.6 times as large.

About the Data



Exposure Dates:

June 28, 2001; January 19, 2002

Exposure Time:

1.3 hours 


F502N ([O III]), F656N (H-alpha), F658N ([N II])

Principal Astronomers:

C.R. O'Dell (Vanderbilt University) , B. Balick (U. Washington)
A. Burkert (Max Planck Institute for Astronomy-Heidelberg), A. Hajian (USNO), W. Henney (UNAM, Morelia)

Hubble Heritage Team: K. Noll, H. Bond, C. Christian, L. Frattare, F. Hamilton, J. Lee, Z. Levay, P. Royle (STScI)

About this Image

Image Credit:

NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Release Date:

June 13, 2002