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M57 Ring Nebula

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The Ring Nebula. A stellar remnant in the constellation of Lyra. 

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The Ring Nebula is one of my favorites deep-sky objets. I painted it as my final project for an online watercolor class I took during the lockdown. It is one of my first art pieces and I have an emotional connection with it. I really like it. It is an important piece since I feel it connect my former life as an astronomer since I use to do research in stellar evolution, with my life as a watercolor artists. 

The frame is real wood and it has glass to protect it. It has a 2 1/2 inches gallery grade mat, and it was professionally framed. The back and the details on the texture can be seen in the rest of the pictures.

M57 Ring Nebula

The Ring Nebula. A stellar remnant in the constellation of Lyra. 

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The Ring Nebula is a planetary nebula located in the constellation of Lyra. It is also known as M57, which is the catalog number given by Charles Messier, a French astronomer that lived in the 1700's.

Planetary Nebulae are the remnants of low-mass stars that died. These stars shed their envelopes until only a hot carbon core is left. The core is then called a White dwarf. What is left around is hot gas that is ionized and glows in different colors depending on the main elements that conform them; Hydrogen will glow red, Oxygen will be blue, sodium will be yellow, etc.

Contrary to the more massive stars that die in a big supernova explosion, low-mass stars go through a slow dead; they will not be able to sustain thermostatic equilibrium and, as a consequence, they develop pulsations across the whole surface that expel the outer layers. Just like a giant onion, those layers will peel into space. Our own Sun will eventually reach this fate... in several billion years!

M57 is one of my favorites deep-sky objects to look through a telescope. 

 

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