The Helix Nebula (aka NGC 7293) is a large planetary nebula located in the constellation Aquarius. It’s about 700 light-years away. The Helix Nebula has sometimes been referred to as the “Eye of God.” Tolkien fans have occasionally called it the “Eye of Sauron”
This animation of a 3-D model was created from Hubble Space Telescope and ground-based data of the Helix Nebula.
Credit: NASA, ESA, and G. Bacon (STScI)