Helix Nebula (NGC 7293) = WOW :)

ESO’s Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy (VISTA) has captured this unusual view of the Helix Nebula (NGC 7293), a planetary nebula located 700 light-years away. The coloured picture was created from images taken through Y, J and K infrared filters. While bringing to light a rich background of stars and galaxies, the telescope’s infrared vision also reveals strands of cold nebular gas that are mostly obscured in visible images of the Helix. Image credit: ESO/VISTA/J Emerson. Acknowledgment: Cambridge Astronomical Survey Unit

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It is amazing how this picture of a Helix Nebula like an iris of an eye…. we live in an amazingly awesome galaxy 🙂

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