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In a Different Light: Helix Nebula

View the Helix Nebula in a variety of wavelengths of light and understand what we can learn from each. 


Produced by the Space Telescope Science Institute’s Office of Public Outreach in collaboration with NASA’s Universe of Learning partners: Caltech/IPAC, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, and Sonoma State University.

  • Ground-based Digitized Sky Survey image: ESO, Digitized Sky Survey 2

  • Hubble Space Telescope and National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) image: NASA, NOAO, ESA, the Hubble Helix Nebula Team, M. Meixner (STScI), and T.A. Rector (NRAO)

  • Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX) Mission image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSC

  • Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) image: Jesse Bublitz and Dr. Joel Kastner, Rochester Institute of Technology

  • Chandra X-ray Observatory image: NASA/CXC/SAO

  • Spitzer Space Telescope image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/K. Su (Univ. of Arizona)

  • Multi-wavelength image: NASA/STScI

Written by Claire Blome
Designed by Leah Hustak
Editorial and design input from Jesse Bublitz and Dr. Joel Kastner, Rochester Institute of Technology; Margaret W. Carruthers; Dr. Quyen Hart; and Timothy Rhue II
Music courtesy of Associated Production Music


All narration is presented in text form within the video. In addition, a full transcript will be available in the Library in the near future. Check back soon!