Eskimo Nebula in Gemini Constellation

The Eskimo Nebula, or NGC 2392, was discovered in the late 18th century by the German astronomer William Herschel. In astronomy, it is also popularly known as the Clownface Nebula. The Eskimo Nebula is located 2,870 light-years away in the Gemini constellation and can be spotted in a small telescope.

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Eskimo Nebula in Gemini Constellation

Photo: NASA


Planetary Nebula NGC 4361 in Corvus

NGC 4361 is a planetary nebula located in the centre of the Corvus constellation. The nebula surrounds a magnitude 13 star and resembles a faint elliptical galaxy.

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Planetary Nebula NGC 4361

Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Nebula NGC 6729 in Corona Australis

NGC 6729 was one of the three nebulae discovered by the German astronomer Johann Friedrich Julius Schmidt in 1861.It is a combination reflection and emission nebula that surrounds the star R Coronae Australis, an Orion-type variable located in the constellation Corona Australis.

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NGC 6729 in Corona Australis


Eta Carinae Nebula in Carina Constellation

Eta Carinae Nebula (NGC 3372) in Carina constellation is a large emission nebula that contains a number of O-type stars and several open star clusters. The brightest, most notable star in the nebula is eta Carinae, a supergiant 100 times as massive as the Sun, expected to explode as a supernova or hypernova in the relatively near future. Eta Carinae is one of the brightest and most massive stars in the Milky Way galaxy. It lies 7,500 – 8,000 light-years away.

The Carina Nebula is between 6,500 and 10,000 light-years distant from Earth.

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Eta Carinae Nebula in Carina constellation

Photo: Spitzer Science Center

Whirlpool Nebula (Messier 51) in Canes Venatici

The Whirlpool Nebula, also known as Messier 51, Arp~85, VV~1 and NGC 5194/NGC 5195, was the first object in the night sky with a spiral structure to be discovered, way back in 1845. It can be found in the constellation Canes Venatici. Messier 51 really consists of two galaxies, NGC 5194 and NGC 5195. NGC 5194 is a large spiral galaxy, while its companion is a smaller barred galaxy.

Messier 51 is not as big and massive as the Milky Way, but it is brighter as a result of being populated by bright, hot, young O and B type stars. It is approximately 31 million light-years distant.

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Whirlpool Nebula (Messier 51) in Canes Venatici

Flaming Star Nebula (IC 405) in Auriga Constellation

The Flaming Star Nebula, or IC 405, is a diffuse nebula in the Auriga constellation. The nebula surrounds AE Aurigae, an extremely hot, blue, O-type star sometimes called the Flaming Star. Lying approximately 1,460 light-years away, AE Aurigae is one of the best known runaway stars in the night sky.

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Flaming Star Nebula IC 405 in Auriga

Photo: Hewholooks

Stingray Nebula in Ara Constellation

The Stingray Nebula is a rapidly evolving planetary nebula located 18,000 light-years away in the Ara constellation in the southern hemisphere of the sky. Approximately 130 the size of our solar system, the Stingray Nebula is the youngest planetary nebula ever discovered.

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Stingray Nebula in Ara Constellation

Photo: NASA