The Boomerang Nebula reveals its true shape with ALMA. The background purple structure, as seen in visible light (HST), shows a classic double-lobe shape with a very narrow central region. ALMA’s ability to see the cold molecular gas reveals the nebula’s more elongated shape, in orange.
Credit: Bill Saxton (NRAO/AUI/NSF); NASA/Hubble; Raghvendra Sahai
|Band||V; ALMA Band 6 CO 2-1|
|Center||RA: 12:44:45.98, Dec: -54:31:09.96|
|Field of View||0.35 x 0.35 arcminutes|
Categories:Astrochemistry Planetary Nebulae Stars
Part of Collections:Image of the Week
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