The team speculates that R Aquarii experienced two novalike
explosions a year apart that may have ejected the nebula.
Large telescopes and high magnification reveal the tiny Homunculus Nebula, which surrounds this novalike
This is believed to have arisen from novalike
explosions that occurred in centuries past.
At high power my 17 1/2-inch Dobsonian reflector shows it as an oval smudge 3' long and unevenly bright, an effect abetted by a foreground star near its center with novalike
magnitude 13 1/2.
The most conspicuous galaxy here is 12.3-magnitude NGC 1625, whose 2.0cents-by-0.6cents glow includes a faint, novalike
foreground star at its northwest end.