Detailed image of Toby Jug Nebula

Toby Jug Nebula (Credit: ESO)
Toby Jug Nebula (Credit: ESO)

Main Point:

Astronomers have captured the detailed image of the Toby Jug Nebula making the shape of the jug with a handle or the shape of a butterfly, whichever you want to consider. You can the image above.

Study Further:

Toby Jug Nebula:

Toby Jug Nebula is a cloud of gas and dust surrounding a red giant star – HD 65750 – and formally known as IC 2220. It is present at a distance of about 1200 light-years from us in the southern constellation of Carina (The Ship’s Keel).

This nebula is almost symmetrical and spans about one light-year.

British astronomers Paul Murdin, David Allen and David Malin gave IC 2220 the nickname of the Toby Jug Nebula because of its shape, which is similar to an old English drinking vessel of a type called a Toby Jug with which they were familiar when young.

HD 65750:

HD 65750 is a red giant star having the mass of about five times the mass of our Sun and has the age of about 50 million years. Despite its young age it is in more advanced stage as compared to our Sun.

This star expels its material out into the surrounding space forming a cloud of gas and dust. Dust has elements such as carbon and simple, heat-resistant compounds such as titanium dioxide and calcium oxide (lime). Silicon dioxide (silica) is found to be the most important compound involved in reflecting the star’s light.


A Close Look at the Toby Jug Nebula – ESO (

Usman Zafar Paracha

Usman Zafar Paracha is Assistant Professor, Pharmaceutics, in Hajvery University, Lahore, Pakistan.