NGC 6720

NGC 6720


Dust Globules in the Ring Nebula

The outer regions of the Ring Nebula in Lyra (NGC 6720) are resolved into myriads of dust features, which appear as dark red structures. Since the globules are not seen near the central star, it is possible that the nebula is a torus seen nearly pole-on, rather than a roughly spherical structure. The width of the Planetary Camera chip (upper left) is 35 arcsec.


Last updated December 30, 1996
Web page by Robin Ciardullo ( rbc@astro.psu.edu )
Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics
Penn State University