The Helix Nebula, also known as NGC 7293, is a large planetary nebula located in the constellation Aquarius, around 700 light years away from Earth. When it was first seen and photographed by the Spitzer Space Telescope, the radiance of the central star was immersed in a bright infrared glow that it caused the previously ejected gases and dust to fluoresce.
This led to pop culture referring to the nebula as “The Eye of God”, one of the most iconic images in astronomy. Though, as scientists; we know it just an expanding glowing shell of ionized gas ejected from a dying red giant star showing its final stage of evolution, become a white dwarf.
At least until the telescope registered the nebula blink.
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