SH2-136 is a an illuminated dark nebula, about 1200 light-years away, towards the constellation Cepheus.
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Cosmic Hand Reaches for the Light
Credit: NASA/CXC/SAO/P.Slane, et al.
Red represents low-energy X-rays, the medium range is green, and the most energetic ones are colored blue. The blue hand-like structure was created by…Read More »
energy emanating from the nebula around they dying star PSR B1509-58. The red areas are from a neighboring gas cloud called RCW 89. Less «
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The Glowing Eye
The glowing eye of NGC 6751 in the constellation Aquila, the nebula is a cloud of gas ejected several thousand years ago from the hot star visible in its center.
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A Cosmic Ghost's Head
Credit: Mohammad Heydari-Malayeri (Observatoire de Paris) et al., ESA, NASA
The Ghost Head Nebula, NGC 2080, is actually a star forming region in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of our own Milky Way Galaxy.
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The Cat's Eye Sees All
Credit: J. P. Harrington (U. Maryland) & K. J. Borkowski (NCSU) HST, NASA
Three thousand light-years away, a dying star throws off shells of glowing gas in this image from the Hubble Space Telescope of the Cat's Eye Nebula.
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Ghost-Like Nebula Says 'Boo!'
Credit: NASA, ESA, Hubble, R. Sahai (JPL) [Full Story]
The ghost-like nebula, IRAS 05437+2502, includes a small star-forming region filled with dark dust that was first noted in images taken by the IRAS satellite…Read More »
in infrared light in 1983. This recently released image from the Hubble Space Telescope shows many new details, but has not uncovered a clear cause of the bright sharp arc. Less «
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Mysterious Owl Nebula
Credit: Émilie Storer (Collège Charlemagne, QUE), André-Nicolas Chené (HIA/NRC of Canada), and Travis Rector (U.Alaska, Anchorage)
Gemini North image of the planetary nebula M97, also known as the Owl Nebula, imaged by the Gemini Multi-Object Spectrograph (GMOS) as part of a Canadian…Read More »
contest for high school students. The approximately 6,000 year-old nebula is located about 2,600 light-years away, and has a diameter of about three light-years across. It is located in the constellation of Ursa Major (which contains the Big Dipper). Less «
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Cat's Paw Nebula: Could It Be a Black Cat?
Credit: ESO/J. Emerson/VISTA
Infrared view of the Cat's Paw Nebula (NGC 6334) taken by VISTA. NGC 6334 is a vast region of star formation about 5500 light-years from Earth in the constellation…Read More »
of Scorpius. The whole gas cloud is about 50 light-years across. NGC 6334 is one of the most active nurseries of young massive stars in our galaxy, some nearly ten times the mass of our Sun and most born in the last few million years. The images were taken through Y, J and Ks filters (shown as blue, green and red respectively) and the exposure time was five minutes per filter. The field of view is about one degree across. Full Story. Less «