FLeo

Explanation of image.

Telescope: CFHT Coudé focus.
Date: December 1993
Instrument: CFHT IR Camera + 13 elements UH AO system
Wavelength: I, J, and H bands
Total exposure: Exposure times for these images were on the order of 5 minutes, total integration time was about 20 minutes in each of the bands
Scale:
Orientation: North is up. East is left.
Observers: C. Roddier, F. Roddier, M. Northcott, J.E. Graves
Aging stars become unstable and eject material which condenses into clouds of dust. Bipolar nebulae were thought to be produced by polar outflows from a secondary companion star which accretes material ejected from the aging primary. This adaptative optics image confirms the binary nature of the central source (0.19" separation), seen here heavily reddened through the dust. It also reveals polar jets outflowing from the east component. The jets have cleared the dust away, letting blue light from the central source illuminate the two lobes of the nebula.