NGC 5189: Spiral Planetary Nebula (Picture of the Day)

NGC 5189
NGC 5189 (also known as Spiral Planetary Nebula) is a planetary nebula in the Musca Constellation. It is about 3,000 light years away from Earth and estimated to be approximately 2 light years in diameter. The nebula has a 'S' shape and it is similar to a barred spiral galaxy. The star at the center of the galaxy is similar to our Sun (but 8 times less massive) which would become a white dwarf in a few million years.

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  1. I didn't even know there was an actual planetary of 5189. I was joking tonight with my kids that I was going to go far away to another planet which I would only be able to go one way. I told them the planet I was going to was to the right side of 5189. Most weird also the picture shown was taken on the same day of my anniversary.. Things that make you go hmmmm...:)

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