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NGC 6337 (also ESO 333-PN5 and PK 349-1.1) is a magnitude +12.3 planetary nebula located 237 million light-years away in the constellation Scorpius. 

The planetary nebula was discovered by British astronomer John Herschel using a 47.5 cm (18.7 inch) f/13 speculum reflector at the Cape of Good Hope on the 28th June 1834.

Right Ascension 17h 22m 15.7s, Declination -38° 28' 59"



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Title: The outflows and 3D structure of NGC 6337, a planetary nebula with a close binary nucleus
Authors: Ma. T. García-Díaz, D. M. Clark, J. A. López, W. Steffen, M. G. Richer

NGC 6337 is a member of the rare group of planetary nebulae where a close binary nucleus has been identified. The nebula's morphology and emission line profiles are both unusual, particularly the latter. We present a thorough mapping of spatially resolved, long-slit echelle spectra obtained over the nebula that allows a detailed characterization of its complex kinematics. This information, together with narrow band imagery is used to produce a three dimensional model of the nebula using the code SHAPE. The 3-D model yields a slowly expanding toroid with large density fluctuations in its periphery that are observed as cometary knots. A system of bipolar expanding caps of low ionisation are located outside the toroid. In addition, an extended high velocity and tenuous bipolar collimated outflow is found emerging from the core and sharply bending in opposite directions, a behaviour that cannot be accounted for by pure magnetic launching and collimation unless the source of the outflow is precessing or rotating, as could be expected from a close binary nucleus.

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