NGC 6337 PN in Scorpius

NGC 6337 is a small bipolar planetary nebula, also known as the Cheerio Nebula in the constellation of Scorpius. It is situated within a background field of ionized hydrogen nebulosity. The distance to this nebula is about 5.200 light-years.
Planetary nebula arise from the evolution of smaller stars (several solar masses) that end up as a white dwarf. In the case of NGC 6337 a central binary pair of stars is involved. The nebula shows several radial outflows and a faint halo.

Image data:
Ha-O3-RGB (320-360-120-120-120 min) total 17.3 h, north is up, seeing 0.8-1.2 arc-sec,
80cm f/7 Astrooptik Keller cassegrain, FLI PL-16803, Baader filters, Prompt 7 CTIO Chile

Processing: Johannes Schedler

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Last modified on Sunday, 14 February 2016 22:56

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