NGC 2440

Photo: Hubble Space Telescope (45k jpg)

  • RA 7:42, Dec -18:13 (Puppis)
  • Type: planetary nebula
  • Distance: 3600 ly
  • Not all planetary nebulae are ring-shaped!
  • Note the central star in the HST image.
  • It is believed that the central star is extraordinarily hot, perhaps as much as 200,000 degrees Kelvin (360,000 F).

HST 323k gif
HST 45k jpg

BB 5k jpg
(Bruce Balick)

HST 75k jpg

Bill Arnett1996 December 3