Title -  Bi-Polar Planetary Nebula, The "Twin Jet"


Description -  M2-9, a striking example of a "butterfly" or a bipolar planetary nebula. Another more revealing name might be the "Twin Jet Nebula."  If the nebula is sliced across the star, each side of it appears much like a pair of exhausts from jet engines. Indeed, because of the nebula's shape and the measured velocity of the gas, in excess of 200 miles per second, astronomers believe that the description as a super-super-sonic jet exhaust is quite apt. This is much the same process that takes place in a jet engine: The burning and expanding gases are deflected by the engine walls through a nozzle to form long, collimated jets of hot air at high speeds.  M2-9 is 2,100 light-years away in the constellation Ophiucus.  The observation was taken Aug. 2, 1997 by the Hubble telescope's Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2.  In this image, neutral oxygen is shown in red, once-ionized nitrogen in green, and twice-ionized oxygen in blue.


Description Source -  NASA


Year -  1997

Bi-Polar Planetary Nebula, The "Twin Jet"

SKU: NAS-0033
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