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Nebulae :: NGC1360



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         Object NGC1360
         Comment Discovered in 1868 by German astronomer Friedrich August Theodor Winnecke, NGC1360 is an unusual looking planetary nebula residing in the constellation Fornax. Planetary nebulae are typically symmetric in structure taking form as spheres or rings. NGC1360 is different in that it looks more like an amorphous cloud with no clearly defined boundaries. The blue-teal hue resembles oxygen, excited by the hot central star. The red bi-polar matter at top left (and more faintly bottom right) of the nebulae is believed to have been ejected from a star in its final stages of existence. The remains of the star formed the basis of the planetary nebula as seen today. NGC1360 resides approximately 700 light years away.

Image is a HA+OIII composite with an RGB overlay
         Optics RCOS 12.5" F/9 (2874mm FL)
         Camera Apogee Alta F16M - 1x1 bin (image scale: .65 arcsec/pix)
         Mount Software Bisque Paramount ME
         Exposure Total exposure time: 16 hours
         Date February 2014


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