“Astonishing” – Cat’s Eye Nebula Seen in 3D for the First Time

“Astonishing” – Cat’s Eye Nebula Seen in 3D for the First Time

Astronomers Discover Rings with Near-Perfect Symmetry in the Cat’s Eye Nebula Researchers have constructed the first computer-generated three-dimensional model of the Cat’s Eye Nebula, revealing a pair of symmetric rings around the nebula’s outer shell. The rings’ symmetry suggests they were formed by a precessing jet originating from the nebula’s central star. This provides strong evidence for a binary star at the center of the nebula. The study was recently published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical …