Astronomy:Water Lily 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|
|Declination||−47° 00′ 27.7″|
|Designations||IRAS 16594-4656, 2MASS J17031007-4700277, PN G340.3-03.2|
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.
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