“Astonishing” – Cat’s Eye Nebula Seen in 3D for the First Time

NGC 6543, or the Cat’s Eye Nebula, is one of the most complex planetary nebulae known. It is just over 3,000 light-years away from Earth and can be seen in the constellation Draco. The study was recently published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society and was led by Ryan Clairmont. The researchers used spectral data from the San Pedro Martir National Observatory in Mexico to reconstruct the nebula’s three-dimensional structure. They constructed a novel 3D model, establishing that rings of high-density gas were wrapped around the outer shell of the Cat’s Eye.

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