Eskimo Nebula NGC 2392. (Credit: Andrew Fruchter (STScI) et al., WFPC2, HST, NASA) It was discovered by William Herschel in 1787. We now know that it's a planetary nebula, one that firns when a sun-like star, at the end of its life, loses its outer layers. It's about 1/3 of a light year across and located 3000 light years away in the constellation Gemini. Mona Evans, “Nebulae”

The Cone Nebula Hubble Space Telescope Images, NASA Space Mission Image

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If I ever have a fashion show of my own, I'd like one of them to have a galaxy ceiling and maybe like a similar floor and something really modern and like an illusion.



Carina nebula mountaintop. A wall of space images could be amazing.

Horsehead Nebula. (La Nebulosa Testa di Cavallo, nota anche come Barnard 33, B33 , è una nebulosa oscura nella costellazione di Orione. La Nebulosa è una regione di gas più densa del mezzo circostante in via di disgregazione a causa dell'intensa radiazione ultravioletta di stelle come σ Orionis. Secondo uno dei modelli ipotizzati sarebbe in uno stadio iniziale del processo che porterà alla formazione di un globulo di Bok.)

This photo from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope shows an ominous pillar of gas and dust known as the Cone Nebula. The image shows the top portion of the nebula that is 2.5 light years in height. The Cone Nebula is 2,500 light-years from Earth in the Monoceros constellation. The red halo of light seen around the pillar is caused when ultraviolet radiation causes hydrogen gas in the nebula to glow.

Cat's Eye Nebula

Image from Hubble Telescope

Astronomy Picture of the Day for 13 Jul 2014. NGC 2818 is a beautiful planetary nebula, the gaseous shroud of a dying sun-like star. It could well offer a glimpse of the future that awaits our own Sun after spending another 5 billion years or so steadily using up hydrogen at its core, and then finally helium, as fuel for nuclear fusion.

Planetary nebulae can look simple, round, and planet-like in small telescopes. But images from the orbiting Hubble Space Telescope have become well known for showing these fluorescent gas shrouds of dying Sun-like stars to possess a staggering variety of detailed symmetries and shapes.

The Horsehead Nebula in Infrared from Hubble Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team (STSci/AURA)

Horsehead nebula

M64: The Sleeping Beauty Galaxy

Inside the Eagle Nebula

The Cat's Eye Nebula (NGC 6543) in normal light. It is a planetary nebula just 3,000 light-years away in the northern constellation Draco. The term 'planetary nebula' is misleading - such objects are the result of sun-sized (i.e., our sun, Sol) stars shedding huge volumes of material late in their stellar lives, rather than become black holes.

Tarantula Nebula (my favorite)

Giant "Twisters" in the Lagoon Nebula

The Eskimo Nebula from Hubble and Chandra