ESO's Very Large Telescope Provides Detailed Image of Toby Jug Nebula

Posted on October 12, 2013

The ESO's Very Large Telescope provided this detailed image of the Toby Jug Nebula, formerly known as IC 2220. The reflection nebula is located 1,200 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Carina.

IC 2220 is illuminated from within by its central star named HD 65750, which has five times the mass of our sun. The star is 50 million years old and is losing part of its mass into the surrounding space, which is forming the cloud of gas and dust. You can view a larger version of the above image here.

Here is a video that starts with the Milky Way and then zooms in on the Toby Jug Nebula. Take a look:

Photo: ESO

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