Tag Archives: planetary nebula

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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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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FLAMING SKULL NEBULA

Image Credit & Copyright: Travis Rector/NOAO/Kitt Peak 4 meter telescope. Planetary nebula SH2-68 or as it’s also known the Flaming Skull Nebula (for obvious reasons) is an interesting nebula who, as all planetary nebula is a star that’s reaching the end … Continue reading

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Glowing Eye of the Doomed

Image Credit & Copyright: NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope & the Hubble Heritage Team. 6,500 light years away in the constellation Aquila (The Eagle) is NGC 6751; a star whose life has finally met its end. Stars to some extent can … Continue reading

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The Gem in the Hare

Image Credit & Copyright: Don Goldman. The winter constellations of the Winter Triangle, Winter Hexagon or, as I simply call it, the Orion Neighborhood bring with them some of the most amazing objects to observe in the night sky.  Some … Continue reading

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