NGC 3132

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NGC 3132
Emission nebula
Planetary nebula
NGC 3132.jpg
Observation data: J2000.0 epoch
Right ascension10h 07m 01.7640s[1]
Declination−40° 26′ 11.060″[1]
Distance2,000[2] ly
Apparent magnitude (V)9.87[1]
Apparent dimensions (V)62″ × 43″[3]
Physical characteristics
Radius0.4 ly[2] ly
DesignationsEight-Burst Nebula,[2] Southern Ring Nebula,[2] Caldwell 74
See also: Lists of nebulae

NGC 3132 (also known as the Eight-Burst Nebula,[2] the Southern Ring Nebula,[2] or Caldwell 74) is a bright and extensively studied planetary nebula in the constellation Vela. Its distance from Earth is estimated at about 613 pc. or 2,000 light-years.[2]

Planetary nebula nucleus (PNN)[edit]

Images of NGC 3132 reveal two stars close together within the nebulosity, one of 10th magnitude, the other 16th. The central planetary nebula nucleus (PNN) or white dwarf central star is the fainter of these two stars. This hot central star of about 100,000 K has now blown off its layers and is making the nebula fluoresce brightly from the emission of its intense ultraviolet radiation.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "NGC 3132". SIMBAD. Centre de données astronomiques de Strasbourg. Retrieved 2007-01-03.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Fast Facts – Planetary Nebula NGC 3132". Hubble Heritage Project. Space Telescope Science Institute. Retrieved 2007-10-06.
  3. ^ "Results for NGC 3132". NGC/IC Project Database. Archived from the original on 2012-05-20. Retrieved 2011-01-09.

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Coordinates: Sky map 10h 07m 01.76s, −40° 26′ 11″