Astronomy:Water Lily Nebula

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Short description: Protoplanetary Nebula in the constellation Ara
Water Lily Nebula
Reflection nebula
Protoplanetary nebula
HST image of the Watery Lily Nebula by Sun Kwok, Bruce Hrivnak, and Kate Su
Observation data: J2000 epoch
Right ascension 17h 03m 10.08s[1]
Declination−47° 00′ 27.7″[1]
DesignationsIRAS 16594-4656, 2MASS J17031007-4700277, PN G340.3-03.2[2]
See also: Lists of nebulae

The Water Lily Nebula, in the southern constellation of Ara, is a pre-planetary nebula also known as IRAS 16594-4656, in the process of developing to a planetary nebula. It is one of the pre-planetary nebulae containing polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, organic hydrocarbons otherwise constituting the basis for life.