'Ghost Of Jupiter' Photo Shows Spooky-Looking Nebula In A Whole New Light

February 3, 2015 6:39 PM

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'Ghost Of Jupiter' Photo Shows Spooky-Looking Nebula In A Whole New Light

We've known about the Ghost of Jupiter since 1785, when it was discovered by the German-born astronomer William Herschel (1738-1822). But a captivating new image released by the European Space Agency (ESA) shows the spooky-looking planetary nebula in a whole new light.

Known formally as NGC 3242, the Ghost of Jupiter is located about 3,000 light-years away in the southern constellation Hydra, according to ESA. It consists of a fading white dwarf star enveloped by a double-shell structure.

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