Nebula

The weird Veil Nebula

Veil Nebula

The weird cosmic close-up of the eastern Veil Nebula, a mark of the Halloween season.

By |October 31, 2014|Categories: Astronomy

Horsehead Nebula from Blue to Infrared

Horsehead Nebula

The Horsehead Nebula in Orion 1,500 light years from us, one of the most identifiable nebulae in the sky, is part of a large, dark, molecular cloud.

By |July 29, 2014|Categories: Astronomy

Inside the Orion Nebula

Orion Nebula

The Great Nebula in Orion, an immense, nearby starbirth region, is probably the most famous of all astronomical nebulas. Can be found with the unaided eye near the easily identifiable belt of three stars in the constellation Orion.   Image ©  R. Villaverde, Hubble Legacy Archive, NASA

By |April 15, 2014|Categories: Astronomy

Orion Nebula in Surrounding Dust

Orion Nebula

The impressive Orion Nebula located about 1600 light years away, is inundated with intricate and picturesque filaments of dust.   Image © Robert Fields

By |March 26, 2014|Categories: Astronomy

100 planetary nebulas in one image

100 planetary nebulas in one image

An impressive image of 100 planetary nebulas from the Hubble Space Telescope, created by artist Judy Schmidt – Geckzilla.

By |December 30, 2013|Categories: Astronomy

Crab Nebula by Herschel and Hubble

Crab Nebula by Herschel and Hubble

A composite view of the Crab nebula, an iconic supernova remnant in our Milky Way galaxy, as viewed by the Herschel Space Observatory and the Hubble Space Telescope.

By |December 19, 2013|Categories: Astronomy

Young Pulsar shows its Hand

Young Pulsar shows its Hand

A small, dense object and powerful pulsar only twelve miles in diameter is responsible for this beautiful X-ray nebula that spans 150 light years.

By |December 15, 2013|Categories: Astronomy

Coldest Place in the Universe

The Boomerang nebula is the coldest known object in the Universe. Is colder, in fact, than the faint afterglow of the Big Bang, at a cosmologically crisp one degree Kelvin (minus 458 degrees Fahrenheit).   Image © NRAO/AUI/NSF/NASA/STScI/JPL-Caltech

By |October 28, 2013|Categories: Astronomy

Wings of a Butterfly Nebula

Wings of a Butterfly Nebula 1

Stars usually create their most artistic displays as they die. Low-mass stars like our Sun and M2-9 (pictured above) Butterfly Nebula, transform themselves from normal stars to white dwarfs by casting off their outer gaseous envelopes. The expanded gas often forms an impressive display called a planetary nebula that fades gradually over thousand of years.    Hubble Legacy Archive, NASA, ESA Processing: Judy Schmidt

By |September 15, 2013|Categories: Astronomy

A Beautiful End to a Star’s Life

A Beautiful End to a Star's Life- NGC 2392

NGC 2392 is a planetary nebula, a phase that results when a star like the sun becomes a red giant and sheds its outer layers. It’ s the end to a Star’s life. X-rays from Chandra (pink) shows superheated gas around the dense, hot core of the star.

By |July 14, 2013|Categories: Astronomy