A Planetary Nebula Gallery (NASA, Chandra, 10/10/12)
This gallery shows four planetary nebulas from the first systematic survey of such objects in the solar neighborhood made with NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory. The planetary nebulas shown here are NGC 6543, also known as the Cat’s Eye, NGC 7662, NGC 7009 and NGC 6826. In each case, X-ray emission from Chandra is colored purple and optical emission from the Hubble Space Telescope is colored red, green and blue.
Image credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/RIT/J.Kastner et al.; Optical: NASA/STScI