Elaborazioni Hubble

NGC 6302, also called Butterfly Nebula, is a bipolar planetary nebula in the constellation Scorpius. The structure in the nebula is among the most complex ever observed in planetary nebulae. The spectrum of NGC 6302 shows that its central star is one of the hottest stars known, with a surface temperature in excess of 250,000 degrees Celsius, implying that the star from which it formed must have been very large. (wiki - cit)

This photo was obtained by processing the Hubble data with Pixinsight using:

  • R = F658n
  • G = F673n
  • B = F656n

we also enhanced the R and B channels using the F479n data.

Copyright: Hubble Legacy Archive

Processing: Paolo Zampolini, Giorgio Mazzacurati

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