Helix Nebula (NGC 7293)

From Garuda Nebula (vdB152) to Lord Shiva’s third eye!

Helix Nebula is one of the most beautiful Planetary Nebulae. Planetary Nebula have nothing to do with planets. They are called such because they usually have a round shape like planets. These nebulae consist of an expanding, glowing shell of ionized gas ejected from a dying, old red giant stars late in their lives. The shapes of planetary nebula like the Helix are important because they likely hold clues to how our Sun will end it’s life about 4 billion years from now. The Helix Nebula is the nearest planetary nebula to Earth, lies only about 700 light years away toward the constellation of Aquarius, and spans about 3 light-years. Shot this over 9.5 hours (15 Luminance of 20 minutes, 6 images each of 15 minutes of RGB colors).


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