Image captured by the
Hubble Space Telescope
Right Ascension: 07 h 41 m 54.91 s
Declination: -18° 12′ 29.7″
Apparent Dimensions (V): 74" × 42"
Apparent Magnitude (V): 9.4
Absolute Magnitude (V):
Radius: 0.547 arcmin
Helio Radial Velocity: 62.7
Distance: 4.00 kly (1.23 kpc)
NGC 2440 is a planetary nebula, one of many in our galaxy. Its central star, HD62166, is possibly the hottest known  white dwarf. The nebula is situated in the Puppis constellation.
It was discovered by
William Herschel on March 4, 1790. He described it as "a beautiful planetary nebula of a considerable degree of brightness, not very well defined." The nebula is located about 1.23  kiloparsecs (3.79×10 19 m) or about 4,000 light years from the Sun.
HD 62166 has an exceptionally high surface temperature of about 200,000 kelvins and a  luminosity 1,100 times that of the Sun. This dense star, with an estimated 0.6  solar mass and 0.028 solar radius, has an apparent magnitude of 17.5. 
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