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Helix Nebula (NGC7293)

Helix Nebula (NGC7293) Planetary Nebula in Aquarius

Helix Nebula (NGC7293) is a planetary nebula object of interest in space. It lies at a distance of 714 Ly light years away in the constellation of Aquarius.

It is also referred to as NGC(7293) in the New General Catalogue. This is a list of deep space objects that was compiled by John Louis Emil Dreyer in 1888 in an update to John Herschel earlier catalogue.

The Planetary Nebula's location is 22h 29m 38.55 (R.A.) and -20° 50' 13.6 (Dec.). . The object can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.

The Helix Nebula whilst looking similar to the Ring Nebula is in fact a different nebula but same type of nebula. The Helix Nebula is the closest planetary nebula to Earth. It was formed from the explosion of an exploding star. It is estimated at being 2 Light Years across, that is half the distance between here and Proxima Centauri, the second nearest star to Earth after the Sun.

Fact File


NameHelix Nebula (NGC7293)
TypePlanetary Nebula
NGC Id7293
ConstellationAquarius
Right Ascension22h 29m 38.55
Declination-20° 50' 13.6
Distance (Lt.Yr)714 Ly
Apparent Dimension25
Apparent Magnitude8
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
DiscovererKarl Ludwig Harding


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