Cat’s Eye Nebula seen in 3D

The Cat’s Eye Nebula, also known as NGC 6543, 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 led by Ryan Clairmont, who recently completed secondary school in the U.S. and is published in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. The researchers used spectral data from the San Pedro Martir National Observatory in Mexico to reconstruct the nebula’s 3D structure.

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