Cat's Eye Nebula, NGC 6543, Caldwell 6
A planetary nebula, discovered by William Hershel in 1786, formed by a dying star originally about five times the mass of the Sun
Around 1,000 years ago, the nebula formed when the star lost its outer envelope of material.
The planetary nebula is found in the constellation Draco, in the Northern Hemisphere.
|Distance from Earth||
About 3,300 light-years
0.2 light-years across
"Fast Facts: Cat's Eye Nebula" is a table that lists the name, location, size, and distance of this planetary nebula from Earth. A picture of the nebula is included.
Use this resource as:
A source of information. Read the table to find out about this object.
A mapping activity. Locate the nebula's associated constellation on a star map.
A large-number recognition activity. Have students look at several Fast Fact tables, including this one. Ask them to place the objects described in the Fast Fact tables in order, starting with the object closest to Earth and ending with the one farthest away.
An inquiry tool. Have students write down questions they would like answered about the image and the information in the Fast Facts table.
An engagement tool. Involve students in a discussion.
HubbleSite press release: "Hubble Celebrates 15th Anniversary with Spectacular New Images"
Amazing Space resources by topic: Stars and stellar evolution