The Most Amazing Nebulae Photos Ever Taken

Published January 7, 2015
Updated December 12, 2014
Nebulae Photos Horsehead

This is a new image of the Horsehead Nebula, much clearer than the previous ones. This is because the region is shown in infrared light as opposed to visible light. Source: Space Telescope

Nebulae Photos Loop

The Cygnus Loop is a supernova remnant nebula. As the name implies, it has been formed as the result of a massive star supernova that happened very recently in space terms – about 5,000 years ago. Source: Space Telescope

Nebulae Photos Merope

Located in the Pleiades, this is a reflection nebula, one of the eeriest objects in space. A reflection nebula doesn’t emit a lot of light, but it’s located next to a bright star (Merope, in this case) and reflects light from that. The result is a hauntingly beautiful sight. Source: Space Telescope

NGC Nebula

Not all nebulae have colorful names. NGC 2467 is located in the constellation known as The Stern and it’s fairly young. Only a few million years old, the nebula is a prime location for continuous activity, and mainly new stars are being formed. Source: European Space Organization

Nebulae Photos Ring

The Fine Ring Nebula is pretty bizarre for a planetary nebula. Most nebulae of this type are elliptical or spherical in shape, but this one is almost a perfect circle. It is thought that this is because it was born from a binary system, not a single star. Source: Space Telescope

Nebulae Photos Pipe

The Pipe Nebula owes its name to its unusual shape. It is a dark spot made mostly from dust that can obscure a lot of stars in the Milky Way. Source: European Space Organization

Pillars Of Creation

The Pillars of Creation, a famous photograph depicting three gas pillars in the Eagle Nebula 7,000 light-years from our planet. Some astronomers claim that the pillars have already been destroyed by a supernova – we just haven’t seen it yet. Source: Space Telescope

Nebulae Photos Orion

Go to the right place and nebulae are visible to the naked eye. That’s Orion and the Horsehead Nebula seen from the Paranal Observatory in Chile. Source: European Space Organization

Nebulae Photos Rose

Nebula N 11A is even further – 170,000 light-years. Some say it resembles a rose in bloom. Source: Space Telescope

Nebulae Photos Tarantula

Located 150,000 light-years away, the Tarantula Nebula is supposed to resemble its namesake. I don’t see it. Source: Space Telescope

Nebulae Photos Trifid

Located just 9,000 light-years away from us, the Trifid Nebula is a prime location for birthing new stars. Source: Space Telescope

Lagoon Nebula

The Lagoon Nebula is about 5,000 light-years away and these bizarre twisters are right in the center of it. Source: Space Telescope

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