Astronomy Telescopes

A Deep-sky Hippity-hop through Lepus, the Hare

IC 418, also known as the Spirograph Nebula, is a tiny but bright planetary nebula in Lepus, the Hare. The white dwarf at its center streams ultraviolet light into a shell of expelled gases — the star’s former atmosphere — setting it aglow.
NASA / Hubble Heritage Team

It’s easy to ignore Lepus, the Hare. He crouches beneath Orion’s feet as if trying not to draw attention. Don’t let him hide from you. There’s a lot to see here in small and modest instruments, including winter’s brightest globular cluster, tasty flavors of double stars, and one of the reddest suns in

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