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Ant Nebula May 27, 2012

Posted by brunomarshall in Bipolar planetary nebula.
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Ant Nebula, called also Mz 3 (Menzel 3), ESO 225-9 is a young bipolar planetary nebula in the constellation Norma.[2]

The Ant Nebula is 8,000 light years away from Earth and it has a magnitude of 13.8 [2]

The Ant Nebula is composed of a bright core and four distinct high-velocity outflows (lobes). [2]

The Ant Nebula is radially expanding at a rate of about 50 km/s, and has no trace of molecular hydrogen emission. [2]

We can see a flat disc of silicates in the centre of the nebula. [3]