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This is the start of a visual catalog of planetary nebulae. Eventually, it will become a series of pages showing many of the hundreds of planetary nebulae currently known; but for now it is simply a place to put entries for prominent planetary nebulae, such as those in the NGC/IC catalogs, and others that happen to be featured in one of the Pictures of the Week for various space and terrestrial telescopes. Once it contains a fairly large number of objects, it will be organized as time permits.
M1-63 (= PN VV 209)
A magnitude 14.1 planetary nebula in Scutum (RA 18 51 31.0, Dec -13 10 37)
Physical Information: A bipolar planetary nebula, created by the ejection of material by a red giant before collapsing to become a white dwarf. In this case, the central object is a binary star. The relative motion of the stars causes the gas ejected by the dying star to be preferentially ejected from the poles of the system's orbital motion, whence the "bipolar" structure. The object is thought to be about 32 thouand light years away, in which case its apparent size of about ? arcmin (from the images below) would make the nebula about ? light years across.
Above, a 12 arcmin wide PanSTARRS image centered on M1-63 (red crosshairs highlight the nebula)
Below, a 1.5 arcmin wide PanSTARRS image of the nebula
Below, a 0.22 by 0.3 arcmin wide image of the nebula (Image Credit ESA/Hubble & NASA, L. Stanghellini)
ESO 455-10 (= Th 3-55)
A magnitude ? planetary nebula in Scorpius (RA 17 30 58.8, Dec -31 01 06)
Physical Information: (to be added)
ESA/Hubble & NASA, L. Stanghellini