The Blue Planetary Nebula - NGC 3918
NGC 3918 is a bright planetary nebula in the constellation Centaurus, that is called the “Blue Planetary” or “The Southerner”. It is the brightest of the far southern planetary nebulae. This nebula was discovered by Sir John Herschel in March 1834, and is easily visible through small telescopes. The round or even slightly oval diameter is telescopically between 8 to 10 arcsec, though deep images extends this to about 19 or 20 arcsec. More surprising is the beautiful rich blue color that looks much like the colored images of Neptune taken by Voyager 2 in 1989.