Wallpaper: The Cat's Eye Nebula (NGC 6543)

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The Cat's Eye Nebula (NGC 6543)

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Intricate structures of concentric gas shells, jets of high-speed gas and shock-induced knots of gas make up this complicated planetary nebula. The Cat's Eye Nebula is about 1,000 years old, and could have resulted from a double-star system.

Credit: J.P. Harrington and K.J. Borkowski (University of Maryland), and NASA

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