Category Archives: Nebula (Planetary)

The Southern Ring Nebula

Image credit: NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. At only about 2,000 light years away, the Southern Ring Nebula is one of the closer planetary nebulae to us here on vantage point Earth. Located in the Southern constellation Vela, this nearly half … Continue reading

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An Image of What Was

Image credit & copyright: NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. A short thought that I wrote about five or so years ago when I bought my 8” Celestron telescope and aimed it at this object; the Eskimo Nebula. Object information below as … Continue reading

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Cat’s Eye Nebula (Zoom)

Image credit & copyright: Josh Smith. Josh Smith http://www.catchingthecosmos.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/catchingthecosmos/ Let’s sail off into this weekend with a great image by Josh Smith of New General Catalog 6543 (NGC 6543) or as it’s famously known, the Cat’s Eye Nebula, … Continue reading

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Blue Cosmic Wings

Image credit & copyright: NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. The dual lobes of bipolar planetary nebula and dying star, Hen 2-437 glow in brilliant blue here as seen by Hubble. Planetary nebulae are very low density and comprised of mostly gaseous … Continue reading

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Nitrogen Rich Nebula

Image credit & copyright: NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope & Matej Novak. No, this isn’t some space snowball but instead a planetary nebula located 4,000 light years away in the constellation Scorpius. Hubble delivers to us incredible detail as we can … Continue reading

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The Colorful End

Image Credit & Copyright: European Southern Observatory (ESO) Very Large Telescope (VLT). This beautiful structure is a planetary nebula and it’s the result of when a star roughly eight solar masses or less, ends its life. These stars (like our … Continue reading

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Hubble Finds Life and Death in the Universe

Image Credit & Copyright: NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. Images like these are some of my favorite in all the night sky. Here we see the beautiful globular star cluster New General Catalog 1846 (NGC 1846) in the southern constellation Dorado, … Continue reading

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