Ghost of Jupiter, NGC 3242

This image was obtained with the wide-field view of the Mosaic Camera on the Mayall 4-meter telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory on December 15th, 2006. This wide-field image shows the extended cloud of gas near the planetary nebula NGC 3242. Also known as the “Ghost of Jupiter”, NGC 3242 is the bright object just to the upper-right from the center of the image. The nature of the extended nebulosity is not yet known. It may either be a shell of gas that was ejected by NGC 3242 when it was a red giant star. Or it may also be a nearby cloud of interstellar gas that is being illuminated by the planetary nebula. It was observed in the narrowband filters of Oxygen [OIII] (blue) and Hydrogen-Alpha (orange). North is to the left, East is down.

Credit:

T.A. Rector/University of Alaska Anchorage, H. Schweiker/WIYN and NOIRLab/NSF/AURA/, L. Frattare and Z. Levay/STScI/AURA/NASA

About the Image

Id:noao-ngc3242
Type:Observation
Release date:June 30, 2020, 9:34 p.m.
Size:5420 x 5236 px

About the Object

Name:Ghost of Jupiter, NGC 3242
Constellation:Hydra
Category:Nebulae

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Coordinates

Position (RA):10 24 21.32
Position (Dec):-18° 43' 37.82"
Field of view:23.51 x 22.65 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 179.9° left of vertical

Colors & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
Olll
499 nmNicholas U. Mayall 4-meter Telescope
Mosaic 1
Optical
Ha
656 nmNicholas U. Mayall 4-meter Telescope
Mosaic 1