I thought I would do a post of my favourite nebula images. They’re not in any particular order, except for the final two.
1. Crab Nebula
The Crab Nebula is the result of a supernova explosion seen here on Earth in 1054 AD. It spans 10 light years and is 6523 light years away from us.
2. Horsehead Nebula
The Horsehead Nebula is a small nebula in the constellation of Orion. It is around 1400 light years away from Earth.
3. Bubble Nebula
The Bubble Nebula or NGC 7635 is in the constellation of Cassiopeia. The shape is created by a stellar wind from a massive hot central star. It lies between 7100 to 11000 light years away from Earth.
4. Butterfly Nebula
The Butterfly Nebula or NGC 6302 has a wingspan of over three light years. It’s around 4000 light years away and can be seen in the constellation of the Scorpion (Scorpius).
5. Monkey Head Nebula
6. Carina Nebula
The Carina Nebula, or NGC 3372, is in the constellation of Carina and lies around 7,500 light years away from Earth. The nebula is home to Eta Carinae, one of the most massive stars in the universe, prone to unpredictable, violent outbursts.
7. Mystic Mountain
The Mystic Mountain is part of the Carina Nebula. It was imaged by the Hubble Space Telescope in 2010. It lies around 7,500 light years away from Earth.
8. The Fairy of Eagle Nebula
The Fairy of Eagle Nebula is a giant dust pillar of the Eagle Nebula imagined as a gigantic fairy. It is ten light years tall. The Eagle Nebula is around 7,000 light years away and can be seen in the constellation of Serpens.
9. The Pillars of Creation
The Pillars of Creation is my second favourite nebula image. It is part of the Eagle Nebula. Though it is around 4-5 light years in size, it is only a small feature of the Eagle Nebula which spans 70 by 55 light years. The image was taken by the Hubble Space Telescope in 1995 and is made up of interstellar dust and gas.
10. Medusa Nebula
My favourite nebula image. This was taken by ESO’s Very large Telescope in Chile. It spans around four light years and is about 1500 light years away. It is also known as Sharpless 2-274 and is located in the constellation of Gemini. It is a planetary nebula and the colours are from clouds of gas that surround the stellar core.
Do you have any favourite nebula images I missed?