Called the Cone Nebula (NGC 2264) because in ground-based images it has a conical shape, this giant pillar resides in a turbulent star-forming region. This picture, taken April 2, 2002, by the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) aboard NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, shows the upper 2.5 light-years of the nebula, a height that equals 23 million roundtrips to the Moon. The entire nebula is 7 light-years long. The Cone Nebula resides 2,500 light-years away in the constellation Monoceros. NASA Hubble Spaces Telescope, Cosmo, Ngc 2264, Finals Frontier, Hubble Telescope, Cone Nebula, Advent Calendar, Nebulas Ngc, Outer Spaces
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planetary nebula NGC 6302 ( the Bug Nebula or the Butterfly Nebula). The Wide Field Camera 3 was installed by NASA astronauts in May 09, to upgrade and repair the 19-year-old Hubble telescope. NGC 6302 lies within our Milky Way galaxy, roughly 3,800 light-years away in the constellation Scorpius. The glowing gas is the star's outer layer. The "butterfly" stretches for more than two light-years - about 1/2 the distance from the Sun to the nearest star, Alpha Centauri.
The Cosmic Spare Tire (IC 5148) is a beautiful planetary nebula located some 3000 light-years away in the constellation of Grus (The Crane). The nebula has a diameter of a couple of light-years, and it is still growing at over 50 kilometres per second — one of the fastest expanding planetary nebulae known.
Located approximately 7,000 light-years from Earth and nestled in the constellation Serpens lays the ultimate stellar nursery: the Eagle Nebula. This planetary nebula is home to seven strikingly beautiful pillars, most commonly referred to as the “Pillars of Creation," because it is in these towers that new stars are formed.