Model shape plotted over the H2 emission

Model shape (thin line) plotted over the H2 (2.1218-micron) emission from the Homunculus, showing the thin bipolar lobes. The bright streak running diagonally across the image is residual continuum emission from the bright central star (saturated). Spatial scales are converted to astronomical units assuming an age of 160 years and a distance of 2,350 parsecs.

Credit:

International Gemini Observatory/NOIRLab/NSF/AURA

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Id:geminiann06009d
Type:Chart
Release date:April 12, 2006, 1:37 p.m.
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