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14 December 2006

Images for "Astronomers find more lights for their Christmas tree"

Examples of planetary nebulae. (Only PHR1551-5621, the bottom image, was found by the AAO/H-alpha survey. The other images are of planetary nebulae that were known before the survey.)


NGC 6543 – the Cat’s Eye nebula

Credit: Bruce Balick & Jeanine Wilson, University of Washington; Arsen R. Hajian, U.S. Naval Observatory; J. Patrick Harrington, University of Maryland; Kazimierz J. Borkowski, North Carolina State University; George Jacoby, NOAO; NASA

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MyCn18 – the Hourglass nebula

Credit: R. Sahai and J. Trauger (JPL), WFPC2 Science Team, NASA

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IC 418 – The Spirograph nebula

Credit: NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA). Acknowledgment: R. Sahai (JPL) and A. Hajian (USNO)

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NGC 7293 - the Helix nebula

Credit: NASA, NOAO, ESA, the Hubble Helix Nebula Team,

M. Meixner (STScI) and T.A. Rector (NRAO)

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M2-9 - the Twinjet nebula

Credit: Bruce Balick (University of Washington),
Vincent Icke (Leiden University),Garrelt Mellema (Stockholm University), NASA

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Menzel 3 – the Ant nebula

Credit: NASA, ESA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA). Acknowledgment: R. Sahai (Jet Propulsion Lab), B. Balick (University of Washington)

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NGC 6537 – the Red Spider nebula

Credit: ESA & Garrelt Mellema (Leiden University)

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PHR1551-5621 - one of the hundreds of planetary nebulae found in the
AAO/H-alpha survey

Credit: Quentin Parker (AAO/Macquarie University) and the AAO/H-alpha team

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Researcher contact

Dr Quentin Parker, Anglo-Australian Observatory and Macquarie University
Mob: 040-864-0092


Media release






Reid, Warren A.; Parker, Quentin A. “A new population of planetary nebulae discovered in the Large Magellanic Cloud - II. Complete PN catalogue.” Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 373, Issue 2, pp. 521-550. (2006 December).

Parker, Quentin A.; Acker, A.; Frew, D. J.; Hartley, M.; Peyaud, A. E. J.; Ochsenbein, F.; Phillipps, S.; Russeil, D.; Beaulieu, S. F.; Cohen, M.; Kppen, J.; Miszalski, B.; Morgan, D. H.; Morris, R. A. H.; Pierce, M. J.; Vaughan, A. E. “The Macquarie/AAO/Strasbourg Halpha Planetary Nebula Catalogue: MASH.” Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 373, Issue 1, pp. 79-94. (2006 November).