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Nebulae

A generic term for a fuzzy, diffuse astronomical object. Astronomers have observed four different types of nebulae: H II regions, reflection nebulae, planetary nebulae, and supernova remnants.

Featured Images

Tycho's Supernova

Death Mask July 17, 2018

M97, the Owl Nebula, in Ursa Major

It's a Hoot March 17, 2018

Lupus 3 star forming region

Light and Dark February 8, 2018

Orion's Belt

Shiny Belt January 6, 2018

VLT image of three galactic nebulae: M17, M16, and Sharpless 2-54

Galactic Nurseries June 29, 2017

NGC 6334 and NGC 6357

Galactic Menagerie February 2, 2017

Infrared view of Orion Nebula and surrounding clouds of gas and dust

Making Stars January 5, 2017

Hubble Space Telescope view of NGC 248 in the Small Magellanic Cloud

Bright Gas December 22, 2016

Ultraviolet views of Z Camelopardalis, an erupting binary system

Popping Off October 22, 2016

Cloudy California October 3, 2016

Infrared view of the Orion Nebula

Brilliant Nursery July 12, 2016

Hubble view of Bubble Nebula

Bubbly Star April 21, 2016

Hubble view of the Crab Nebula

Spectacular Crab December 14, 2015

Planetary nebula known as the Eskimo Nebula

Cyclops? November 29, 2015

Hubble view of the Eta Carinae system

The Homunculus October 21, 2015

Hubble Space Telescope image of the Lagoon Nebula

Colorful Lagoon July 31, 2015

Hubble Space Telescope image of a young star cluster

Anniversary Portrait April 23, 2015

Elephant Trunk Nebulan

Elephant's Trunk October 12, 2014

NGC 3590

Young and Future Stars May 22, 2014

Space-based infrared view of the Rosette Nebula

Ruffled Rose February 28, 2014

NGC 2264, a stellar nursery in Monoceros

Star Factory February 26, 2014

Close-up view of the California Nebula in infrared light.

California Nebula January 25, 2014

Close-up Hubble Space Telescope view of the Orion Nebula

Beautiful Birthplace January 23, 2014

RS Puppis, a supergiant star seen by Hubble Space Telescope

Dusty Skies December 18, 2013

The Cat's Paw Nebula in submillimeter and near-infrared light

Star Maker September 27, 2013

Dumbbell Nebula, M27

Grand Finale September 24, 2013

View of the 30 Doradus star cluster and the massive binary system R144

Megastars July 9, 2013

Starbirth region on the edge of the Milky Way galaxy

Starbirth June 6, 2013

The Pencil Nebula, a portion of the giant Vela Supernova Remnant

Blast from the Past April 4, 2013

Star forming region in Orion

Hiding Places January 23, 2013

The Lagoon Nebula, M8, from the European Southern Observatory

Pink Lagoon July 26, 2012

Infrared image of the Carina Nebula from space-based Herschel Observatory

Busy Nursery June 6, 2012

Newborn stars in the Orion Nebula

Bright Babies March 1, 2012

The Carina Nebula, a massive stellar nursery

Star Factory February 13, 2012

Infrared view of starbirth in the vast nebula complex Cygnus X

Busy Nursery January 13, 2012

Horsehead Nebula photographed through a McDonald Observatory telescope

3D Horsehead December 20, 2011

Optical and radio image of the Carina Nebula, a vast stellar nursery

Birthplace of the Stars November 17, 2011

IC 2944, a stellar nursery in the constellation Centaurus

Seeing Red September 22, 2011

A view of NGC 3582, a large stellar nursery in Karina

Life and Death April 19, 2011

Streamers of dust partially obscure the "seven sisters," members of the Pleiades

Veiled Sisters April 6, 2011

New stars and the raw materials for more stars in the stellar nursery NGC 6729

Star Maker March 24, 2011

M78, a reflection nebula in Orion

Beautiful Reflection February 21, 2011

False-color image of Orion Nebula from European Southern Observatory

Delicate Power January 21, 2011

The Horsehead Nebula

Galloping Nebula January 8, 2011

Infrared image of the Lagoon Nebula

Blue Lagoon January 6, 2011

Visible and X-ray image of a supernova remnant in the Large Magellanic Cloud

Holiday Decoration December 16, 2010

IC 2118, the Witch Head Nebula

Witch Head Nebula November 26, 2010

The California Nebula, in Perseus

Stately Nebula November 6, 2010

Messier 27

Heavy Lifting August 7, 2010

The remains of a supernova explosion form complex loops and filaments in this co

Colorful Aftermath May 27, 2010

Starbirth Factories

Starbirth Factories May 24, 2010

Star Nursery February 10, 2010

Radio Programs

Barnard 68 The birthplace of future stars June 7, 2018

Pipe Nebula Puffing through the Milky Way June 6, 2018

Crab Nebula Sculpting an interstellar crab April 19, 2018

NGC 2467 Three clusters for the price of one April 10, 2018

Vela Nursery Sailing into a young stellar nursery April 2, 2017

More Pleiades Reflections on a bright cloud November 18, 2016

Z Camelopardalis From a flashlight to a searchlight October 28, 2016

California Nebula Lighting up a dark cloud October 8, 2016

Tarantula Nebula Making stars by the basketful July 5, 2016

Horsehead Nebula Destroying a dark horsehead February 13, 2016

IC 1396 A busy stellar nursery January 28, 2016

Orion Nebula Looking into a cradle of young stars December 2, 2015

Homunculus Nebula A giant star blows giant bubbles October 20, 2015

Eagles Celestial eagles take wing September 12, 2015

Polaris Flare A future stellar nursery August 19, 2015

Interstellar Clouds Looking into cloudy evening skies April 9, 2015

Monoceros Creating a celestial unicorn February 8, 2015