Cat’s Eye Nebula

Photo: Hubble Space Telescope (26k jpg)

NGC 6543

  • RA 17:59; Dec 66:38 (Draco)
  • Distance: 3000 ly
  • Type: planetary nebula
  • This is one of the most complex of the planetary nebulae. The HST images seem to indicate that the central star is actually a binary system and that the nebula we see today is actually the result of at least two separate events.
  • See the NASA press release for more info.

HST 112k gif
HST 26k jpg
HST 1000k tiff

HST 142k gif
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HST 555k tiff

BB 5k jpg
(Bruce Balick)
ESA html

Bill Arnett1996 February 17