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Cat's Eye Nebula, NGC 6543 - Hubble Telescope

Technical card

Resolution: 4200x2620 job: 2583222

Data source: Professional, scientific grade data


As I continue to explore the Hubble Space Telescope public archives I'm enjoying playing with the Hubble data. Here is my interpretation of NGC 6543, the Cat's Eye Nebula.

The Cat's Eye Nebula was one of the first planetary nebulae to be discovered and is one of the most complex planetary nebulae ever seen. Planetary nebulae form when Sun-like stars gently eject their outer gaseous layers, creating amazing shapes. The Cat's Eye Nebula, also known as NGC 6543, is a visual "fossil record" of the dynamics and late evolution of a dying star. It is estimated to be 1,000 years old. (Technical info from NASA Hubble Space project)

Data acquisition: Hubble Space Telescope (downloaded from the Hubble Legacy Archive)
Data preprocessing: Chandra X-Ray Data at Harvard University
Data processing: Rudy Pohl

I downloaded pre-processed data from:

Colour mapping/channel combination done in Pixinisght using Pixelmath:
- NGC 6543 Chandra X-ray (Magenta)
- NGC 6543 Hubble Optical - ACS F502N (Blue)
- NGC 6543 Hubble Optical - ACS F505N (Green)
- NGC 6543 Hubble Optical - ACS F658N (Red)

Pixinsight 1.8, Photoshop CS5



Rudy Pohl
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Cat's Eye Nebula, NGC 6543 - Hubble Telescope, 


            Rudy Pohl