New Hubble image of Red Rectangle

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The Red Rectangle

Cool image time! I think the Red Rectangle might be my favorite planetary nebula. The new image on the right, taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, is the best yet of this weirdly shaped object. And it continues to suggest, as I noted whimsically in an article about it for Sky & Telescope back in November 2014, that this is a web being spin by the universe’s largest spider.

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  • larry brader

    Ok, tripping over your article gave me a strange thought. This is such a strange nebula – how about a alien meta structure? They are looking at that other star as potential alien mega-structure due to it’s light signature. If so, how could you test this idea? I didn’t find any similar objects. Just a thought.

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