These 10 Nebulae Photos Will BLOW Your Mind!

Published on May 14th, 2015 | by Brandon Ramsey in Astronomy


The word “nebula” is Latin for “cloud.” These are massive collections of interstellar dust and gases like hydrogen, helium, and others. Originally the name was applied solely to any diffuse astronomical object, including galaxies beyond our own. The distinction was made in the early 20th century.

We now know these clouds that span light years in size are the places where stars are born. Check out these ten nebulae photos to see what these places look like!

1. Westerlund 2

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The Westerlund 2 Nebula

This cluster consists of over 3,000 stars in a nebula called Gum 29. It is located over 20,000 light-years away from Earth in a constellation called Carina.

2. The Pillars of Creation

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This is one of the most famous nebulae and is known as the “Pillars of Creation.”

3. The Helix Nebula

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The Helix Nebula

This photo of the Helix Nebula is unique because it also captures the expanding gas envelope of a dying star in the above photo.

4. The Omega/Swan Nebula

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The Omega/Swan Nebula

This photo was taken during a storm where hydrogen, oxygen, and sulfur gas were raging through interstellar space. This is the Omega/Swan Nebula.

5. The Cat’s Eye Nebula

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The Cat’s Eye Nebula

This is the Cat’s Eye Nebula, yet another photos captured during the death of star.

6. The Cone Nebula

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The Cone Nebula

The Cone Nebula may look like something out of a horror movie, but it’s actually a pillar of gas and dust.

7. Planetary Nebula

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A Planetary Nebula

8. Eagle Nebula

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The Eagle Nebula

This nebula seems to glow, which is a result of the gases and dust being super heated.

9. The Horse Head Nebula

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The Horse Head Nebula

The shape of this dust and gas in the void of space looks like the head of a horse, which is why they call this the Horse Head Nebula.

10. The Carina Nebula

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The Carina Nebula

The globules you see in this picture are nicknamed “caterpillars.” This final image in our nebulae photos collection is a stark reminder of how incredibly our universe is.

Did you like the list? What space photos have wowed you in the past? Share this list with your friends and family and share your thoughts in the comments below!

All Images Sourced From: hubblesite.org/gallery/album/nebula



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