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Have you always wanted to see a green cloud?  At the end of this month, the Helix Nebula can be admired in the Netherlands at night

Have you always wanted to see a green cloud? At the end of this month, the Helix Nebula can be admired in the Netherlands at night

At about 11:30 p.m. on September 28, the Helix Nebula will reach its highest point above the horizon and moonlight will interfere at the very least, making for favorable viewing conditions. WeerOnline advises curious people to get outside fifteen minutes earlier in order to let their eyes get used to the darkness. And if you really want to see the Helix nebula well, it is better to choose a place with little light pollution. Like the Wadden Islands or Veloe.

The Helix Nebula is likely to be seen using binoculars due to its relatively short distance (650 light years) from Earth. A green cloud can be seen above the horizon in the south. Anyone who also wants to see the circular shape of a star nebula will need a telescope.

What is the Helix Nebula?

The Helix Nebula was created when a medium-sized star in our galaxy came to an end. The inner part of the star stays behind and the outer layer is ejected into space. While the remaining core continues to emit radiation, the gases around it glow in different colors. This is what becomes visible as the Helix Nebula. According to astronomers, our sun will also form a stellar nebula in about five billion years.

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