We report the discovery of the only ultraviolet-emitting nebula discovered to date - the Blue Ring Nebula (BRN). The BRN was discovered in the GALEX FUV/NUV Deep Imaging Survey in 2004. Since then, many follow-up observations, expanding visible to near-IR photometry, spectroscopy, and time-series data sets, have been made in an attempt to understand the nature and origin of this unique nebula. I will report on the Blue Ring Nebula, what best explains it, and what ground-based observations and results tell us about this nebula's possible origins. I will also talk about future observations that will answer many of the questions remaining about the origins and evolution of this object.
American Astronomical Society Meeting Abstracts #235
- Pub Date:
- January 2020