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Name: NGC 5307
Description: Planetary nebula
Position:
R.A. 13h 51m 3.3s Dec. -51° 12' 21.0"
Constellation: Centaurus
Distance: est. 7200 - 8500 light years
Apparent Magnitude: 11.5
Size: 10 x 15 arcsec (0.6 light years)
Image Credit: Howard Bond (STScI), Robin Ciardullo (Penn State University) and NASA
Release Date: December 17, 1997




2007 Hubble image:   N0733e
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ABOUT THIS IMAGE:

NGC 5307 lies in the southern constellation Centaurus but is about 10,000 light-years away and has a diameter of approximately 0.6 light-year. It is an example of a planetary nebula with a pinwheel or spiral structure which may have been caused by the dying star wobbling as it expelled jets of gas in different directions. Each blob of gas ejected from the central star has a counterpart on the opposite side of the star