100 Planetary Nebulas

100 Planetary Nebulas

M27 planetary nebula, constellation Vulpecula, 1360 light years distance.  Was the first planetary nebula discovered. Discovered in 1764 by Charles Messier.

Was the first planetary nebula discovered in 1764 by Charles Messier.

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 Nebula NGC 2818 from Hubble NGC 2818 is a beautiful planetary nebula…

This planetary nebula, Mz3, is being cast off by a star similar to our Sun.  The 1000-kilometer per second speed of the expelled gas, the light-year long length of the structure, and the magnetism of the star visible at the nebula's center, all imply  Mz3 is hiding a second, dimmer star that orbits close in to the bright star. A competing hypothesis holds that the central star's own spin and magnetic field are channeling the gas. (ESA, NASA's Hubble, JPL-CalTech)

Ants in space? - Tantalising detail in ant-shaped nebula illuminates last moments of Sun-like stars

The Butterfly Nebula - NGC 6302 (also called the Bug Nebula, Butterfly Nebula, or Caldwell 69) is a bipolar planetary nebula in the constellation Scorpius. The structure in the nebula is among the most complex ever observed in planetary nebulae. The spectrum of NGC 6302 shows that its central star is one of the hottest stars in the galaxy, with a surface temperature in excess of 200,000 K, implying that the star from which it formed must have been very large. | Universe

The Butterfly Nebula - NGC 6302 (also called the Bug Nebula, Butterfly Nebula, or Caldwell is a bipolar planetary nebula in the constellation Scorpius. The structure in the nebula is among the most complex ever observed in planetary nebulae.

Braided, serpentine filaments of glowing gas suggest this nebula's popular name, The Medusa Nebula. Also known as Abell 21, this Medusa is an old planetary nebula some 1,500 light-years away in the constellation Gemini.

Braided, serpentine filaments of glowing gas suggest this nebula's popular name, The Medusa Nebula. Also known as Abell this Medusa is an old planetary nebula some light-years away in the constellation Gemini. God is so AWESOME!

The Cat's Eye Nebula (NGC 6543) is one of the best known planetary nebulae in the sky. Its haunting symmetries are seen in the very central region of this stunning false-color picture, processed to reveal the enormous but extremely faint halo of gaseous material, over three light-years across, which surrounds the brighter, familiar planetary nebula. - Image Credit : R. Corradi (Isaac Newton Group), Nordic Optical Telescope

Halo of the Cat's Eye Credit & Copyright: R. Corradi (Isaac Newton Group), Nordic Optical Telescope Explanation: The Cat's Eye Nebula (NGC is one of the best known planetary nebulae in the sky.

The planetary nebula Abell 33 captured using European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope. This planetary nebula is unusually round. Something usually disturbs the symmetry and causes a planetary nebula to appear roundish, but slightly irregular in shape. - Via ESO.

Planetary nebula Abell Created when an aging star blew off its outer layers, this beautiful blue bubble is, by chance, aligned with a foreground star. Unusually symmetric, Abell 33 appears to be almost perfectly circular on the sky.

100 Planetary Nebulas ~ Credit: Hubble, Judy Schmidt

100 Planetary Nebulas ~ Credit: Hubble, Judy Schmidt They look like cells and atoms!

The Egg Nebula - CRL 2688 Around 3000 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus is a planetary nebula known as the Egg Nebula. The nebula is the result of a dramatic phase in the life of a...

The Egg Nebula - CRL 2688 Around 3000 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus is a planetary nebula known as the Egg Nebula. The nebula is the result of a dramatic phase in the life of a. - [someone else's (incomplete) caption]

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