Best Nebulae in the Universe

tl;dr: check out our 10 Best Nebulae in the Universe Infographic.

We’ve searched as far as we can see through the known Universe and haven’t found anything more beautiful than the Nebula.

A nebula is a gaseous collection of interstellar dust, hydrogen, helium and other trace ionized gases.

Nebulae are so large their diameters are usually measured in units of light years! Don’t think that’s impressive?!?! A light year is the equivalent of 5,878,625,373,183 miles. Imagine a nebula that had a diameter of 75 light years, that’s 440,896,902,988,770 miles!

Here are 10 of the Best Nebulae Images in the Universe!

 

#10 Best Nebulae Image: Orion Nebula

Constellation: Orion

Diameter: 24 Light Years, 141,087,008,956,406 Miles

Distance from Earth: ~1,344 Light Years, 7,900,872,501,558,768 Miles

 

orion-nebula

“Orion Nebula – Hubble 2006 mosaic 18000” by NASA, ESA, M. Robberto (Space Telescope Science Institute/ESA) and the Hubble Space Telescope Orion Treasury Project Team – http://goo.gl/kYi23F. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons – https://goo.gl/1tIot2

 

#9 Best Nebulae Image: Lagoon Nebula

Constellation: Sagittarius

Diameter: 50 Light Years, 293,931,268,659,180 Miles

Distance from Earth: ~4,100 Light Years, 24,102,364,030,052,791 Miles

 

 lagoon-nebula

 

#8 Best Nebulae Image: Omega Nebula

Constellation: Sagittarius

Diameter: 15 Light Years, 88,179,380,597,754 Miles

Distance from Earth: ~5,500 Light Years, 32,332,439,552,509,842 Miles

 

omega-nebula

“Omega Nebula” by NASA, ESA and J. Hester (ASU) – http://goo.gl/lws2FP. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons – https://goo.gl/yLIqsQ

 

#7 Best Nebulae Image: Cat’s Eye Nebula

Constellation: Draco

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

Distance from Earth: ~4,200 Light Years, 24,690,226,567,371,152 Miles

 

cats-eye-nebula

“Catseye-big” by The original uploader was Evercat at English Wikipedia – http://goo.gl/Mg2PA2. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons – https://goo.gl/9ewDuq

 

#6 Best Nebulae Image: Horsehead Nebula

Constellation: Orion

Diameter: 13 Light Years, 76,422,129,851,386 Miles

Distance from Earth: ~1,500 Light Years, 8,817,938,059,775,411 Miles

 

horsehead-nebula

“Hubble Sees a Horsehead of a Different Color” by ESA/Hubble. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Commons – https://goo.gl/okfVsO

 

#5 Best Nebulae Image: Hourglass Nebula

Constellation: Musca

Diameter: 1 Light Years, 5,878,625,373,183 Miles

Distance from Earth: ~8,000 Light Years, 47,029,002,985,468,861 Miles

 

hourglass-nebula

 

#4 Best Nebulae Image: Helix Nebula

Constellation: Aquarius

Diameter: 5.7 Light Years, 33,508,164,627,146 Miles

Distance from Earth: ~74 Light Years, 435,018,277,615,586 Miles

 

helix-nebula

 

#3 Best Nebulae Image: Crab Nebula

Constellation: Taurus

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

Distance from Earth: ~6,500 Light Years, 38,211,064,925,693,450 Miles

 

crab-nebula

 

#2 Best Nebulae Image: Eagle Nebula

Constellation: Serpens

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

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

 

eagle-nebula

 

#1 Best Nebulae Image: Carina Nebula

Constellation: Carina

Diameter: 920 Light Years, 5,408,335,343,328,919 Miles

Distance from Earth: ~8,000 Light Years, 47,029,002,985,468,861 Miles

 

carina-nebula

 

We hope you liked some of our favorite images of the best nebulae in the Universe! Let us know what you think by leaving a comment and as always, sharing is caring!

 

Sources:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orion_Nebula
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lagoon_Nebula
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omega_Nebula
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat%27s_Eye_Nebula
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horsehead_Nebula
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Engraved_Hourglass_Nebula
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helix_Nebula
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crab_Nebula
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eagle_Nebula
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carina_Nebula

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