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5 Beautiful Nebulae

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5 Beautiful Nebulae Infographic

There’s an age-old saying that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”, while this is likely true for many things; nebulae fall outside of this and are appreciated by everyone.

There aren’t many objects you can stare at for hours and continue to appreciate it more and more. While gazing into an image of a nebula, your mind almost finds itself launching itself into space as your thoughts begin to wonder as images of beauty, never to be found on Earth, appear before your eyes.

In appreciation and a love for these objects, here is an infographic of the 5 Most Beautiful Nebulae.

Most Beautiful Nebulae #5: The Cat’s Eye Nebula

  • Distance from Earth: 3,262 Light Years, 19,176,075,967,324,928 Miles

  • Location: Draco Constellation

  • Diameter: ~4.5 Light Years, 26,453,814,179,326 Miles

 

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Most Beautiful Nebulae #4: The Butterfly Nebula

  • Distance from Earth: ~4,000 Light Years, 23,514,501,492,734,430 Miles

  • Location: Scorpius Constellation

  • Diameter: ~3 Light Years, 17,635,876,119,550 Miles

 

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Most Beautiful Nebulae #3: The Hourglass Nebula

  • Distance from Earth: 8,154 Light Years, 47,934,311,292,939,137 Miles

  • Location: Musca Constellation

  • Diameter: ~1 light year, 5,878,625,373,183 Miles

 

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Most Beautiful Nebulae #2: The Crab Nebula

  • Distance from Earth: 6,523 Light Years, 38,346,273,309,276,673 Miles

  • Location: Taurus Constellation

  • Diameter: ~11 Light Years, 64,664,879,105,019 Miles

 

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Most Beautiful Nebulae #1: The Eagle Nebula

  • Distance from Earth: ~7,000 Light Years, 41,150,377,612,285,254 Miles

  • Location: Serpens Constellation

  • Diameter: ~110 Light Years, 646,648,791,050,196 Miles

 

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We hope you enjoyed this infographic with the 5 Most Beautiful Nebulae. Feel free to leave comments below and let us know what you think and if you would have included any other nebulae on your list. As always, social sharing is caring!

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  1. tia

    They are beautiful…How are the Nebulas formed?

    • Hey Tia,

      Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment and what a great question to ask.

      Nebulae form in interstellar space, where incomprehensible amounts of gases (mostly hydrogen and helium, some other trace gases, too) and dust are just floating around, doing their thing.
      Over time, the gas and dust begin to condense and eventually form an area which has so much gas and dust that its mass begins to attract even more gas and dust.

      Once this process hits a point of critical mass; the grouping of gas and dust collapses upon itself due to the massive amount of gravity.
      As this occurs over very, very long periods of time; eventually there is enough gaseous mass that a star begins to form.

      Keep in mind, nebulae can often times be hundreds of light years in diameter. For example, 1 light year is this many miles: 5,878,625,373,183.

      While not all of the gas and dust condense together and remain floating around in the surrounding area of the newly born star, most believe that this remaining dust and gas is used to give birth to planets, asteroids, comets, etc.

      The ultraviolet ionized radiation that is ejected from the forming star illuminates the surrounding area (the gas and dust), which enables Scientists and Astronomers to capture images using special cameras that take photographs in specific wavelengths.

      Our Solar System would have formed like this, billions of years ago our sun (named Sol) would have formed from the condensed gas and dust from a nebula!

      I hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions.

      Thanks again and happy holidays!

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