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NGC 7293, better known as the Helix nebula, displays its ultraviolet glow courtesy of NASA's GALEX. The Helix is the nearest example of a planetary nebula, which is the eventual fate of a star, like our own Sun, as it approaches the end of its life.
NGC 7293, better known as the Helix nebula, displays its ultraviolet glow courtesy of NASA's GALEX. The Helix is the nearest example of a planetary nebula, which is the eventual fate of a star, like our own Sun, as it approaches the end of its life.

NGC 7293, the Helix Nebula

NGC 7293, better known as the Helix nebula, displays its ultraviolet glow courtesy of NASA's GALEX. The Helix is the nearest example of a planetary nebula, which is the eventual fate of a star, like our own Sun, as it approaches the end of its life.

Target: Helix Nebula
Mission: Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Spacecraft: GALEX Orbiter
Instrument: Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
ID#: PIA15658
Added: 2012-05-16

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NGC 7293, the Helix Nebula

NGC 7293, better known as the Helix nebula, displays its ultraviolet glow courtesy of NASA's GALEX. The Helix is the nearest example of a planetary nebula, which is the eventual fate of a star, like our own Sun, as it approaches the end of its life.

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The 'Dumbbell nebula,' also known as Messier 27, pumps out infrared light in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. Planetary nebulae are now known to be the remains of stars that once looked a lot like our sun.
The 'Dumbbell nebula,' also known as Messier 27, pumps out infrared light in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. Planetary nebulae are now known to be the remains of stars that once looked a lot like our sun.

Weighing in on the Dumbbell Nebula

The 'Dumbbell nebula,' also known as Messier 27, pumps out infrared light in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. Planetary nebulae are now known to be the remains of stars that once looked a lot like our sun.

Target: Helix Nebula
Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope
Spacecraft: Spitzer Space Telescope
Instrument: Infrared Array Camera (IRAC)
ID#: PIA14417
Added: 2011-08-10

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Weighing in on the Dumbbell Nebula

The 'Dumbbell nebula,' also known as Messier 27, pumps out infrared light in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. Planetary nebulae are now known to be the remains of stars that once looked a lot like our sun.

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An expanded image of the Helix nebula lends a festive touch to the fourth anniversary of the launch of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope
An expanded image of the Helix nebula lends a festive touch to the fourth anniversary of the launch of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope

Spitzer Celebrates Fourth Anniversary with Celestial Fireworks

An expanded image of the Helix nebula lends a festive touch to the fourth anniversary of the launch of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope

Target: Helix Nebula
Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope
Spacecraft: Spitzer Space Telescope
Instrument: Infrared Array Camera (IRAC)
ID#: PIA09962
Added: 2007-08-24

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Spitzer Celebrates Fourth Anniversary with Celestial Fireworks

An expanded image of the Helix nebula lends a festive touch to the fourth anniversary of the launch of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope

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This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the Helix nebula, a cosmic starlet often photographed by amateur astronomers for its vivid colors and eerie resemblance to a giant eye.
This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the Helix nebula, a cosmic starlet often photographed by amateur astronomers for its vivid colors and eerie resemblance to a giant eye.

Comets Kick up Dust in Helix Nebula

This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the Helix nebula, a cosmic starlet often photographed by amateur astronomers for its vivid colors and eerie resemblance to a giant eye.

Target: Helix Nebula
Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope
Spacecraft: Spitzer Space Telescope
Instrument: Infrared Array Camera (IRAC), Multiband Imaging Photometer (MIPS)
ID#: PIA09178
Added: 2007-02-12

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Comets Kick up Dust in Helix Nebula

This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the Helix nebula, a cosmic starlet often photographed by amateur astronomers for its vivid colors and eerie resemblance to a giant eye.

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Six hundred and fifty light-years away in the constellation Aquarius, a dead star about the size of Earth, is refusing to fade away peacefully. NASA's Hubble and Spitzer Space Telescopes have captured the complex structure of the Helix nebula.
Six hundred and fifty light-years away in the constellation Aquarius, a dead star about the size of Earth, is refusing to fade away peacefully. NASA's Hubble and Spitzer Space Telescopes have captured the complex structure of the Helix nebula.

The Mark of a Dying Star

Six hundred and fifty light-years away in the constellation Aquarius, a dead star about the size of Earth, is refusing to fade away peacefully. NASA's Hubble and Spitzer Space Telescopes have captured the complex structure of the Helix nebula.

Target: Helix Nebula
Mission: Hubble Space Telescope (HST), Spitzer Space Telescope
Spacecraft: Advanced Camera for Surveys, Infrared Array Camera (IRAC)
Instrument: Hubble Space Telescope, Spitzer Space Telescope
ID#: PIA03678
Added: 2006-01-19

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The Mark of a Dying Star

Six hundred and fifty light-years away in the constellation Aquarius, a dead star about the size of Earth, is refusing to fade away peacefully. NASA's Hubble and Spitzer Space Telescopes have captured the complex structure of the Helix nebula.

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The Helix nebula exhibits complex structure on the smallest visible scales. It is composed of gaseous shells and disks puffed out by a dying sun-like star.
The Helix nebula exhibits complex structure on the smallest visible scales. It is composed of gaseous shells and disks puffed out by a dying sun-like star.

The Infrared Helix

The Helix nebula exhibits complex structure on the smallest visible scales. It is composed of gaseous shells and disks puffed out by a dying sun-like star.

Target: Helix Nebula
Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope
Spacecraft: Spitzer Space Telescope
Instrument: Infrared Array Camera (IRAC)
ID#: PIA03294
Added: 2006-01-09

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The Infrared Helix

The Helix nebula exhibits complex structure on the smallest visible scales. It is composed of gaseous shells and disks puffed out by a dying sun-like star.

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This ultraviolet image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer is  of the planetary nebula NGC 7293 also known as the Helix Nebula.
This ultraviolet image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer is  of the planetary nebula NGC 7293 also known as the Helix Nebula.

Planetary Nebula NGC 7293 also Known as the Helix Nebula

This ultraviolet image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer is  of the planetary nebula NGC 7293 also known as the Helix Nebula.

Target: Helix Nebula
Mission: Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Spacecraft: GALEX Orbiter
Instrument: GALEX Telescope
ID#: PIA07902
Added: 2005-05-05

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Planetary Nebula NGC 7293 also Known as the Helix Nebula

This ultraviolet image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer is of the planetary nebula NGC 7293 also known as the Helix Nebula.

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