Image Archive: Nebulae – Part 2

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Image Archive: Nebulae – Part 2

Hubble image of the Ring Nebula (Messier 57)

This new image shows the dramatic shape and colour of the Ring Nebula, otherwise known as Messier 57.

From Earth’s perspective, the nebula looks like a simple elliptical shape with a shaggy boundary. However, new observations combining existing ground-based data with new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope data show that the nebula is shaped like a distorted doughnut. This doughnut has a rugby-ball-shaped region of lower-density material slotted into in its central “gap”, stretching towards and away from us.


NASA, ESA, and C. Robert O’Dell (Vanderbilt University).

About the Object

Name: M 57, Messier 57, NGC 6720,Ring Nebula
Type: Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Planetary
Distance: 2500 light years
Constellation: Lyra
Category: Nebulae


Position (RA): 18 53 35.21
Position (Dec): 33° 1′ 44.13″
Field of view: 2.10 x 2.10 arcminutes
Orientation: North is 11.7° left of vertical

Hubble studies sequences of star formation in neighbouring galaxy

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope captures the iridescent tapestry of star birth in a neighbouring galaxy in this panoramic view of glowing gas, dark dust clouds, and young, hot stars. The star-forming region, catalogued as N11B lies in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), located only 160,000 light-years from Earth. With its high resolution, the Hubble Space Telescope is able to view details of star formation in the LMC as easily as ground-based telescopes are able to observe stellar formation within our own Milky Way galaxy.

Our neighbourhood galaxy the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) lies in the Constellation of Dorado and is sprinkled with a number of regions harbouring recent and ongoing star formation. One of these star-forming region, N11B, is shown in this Hubble image. It is a subregion within a larger area of star formation called N11. N11 is the second largest star-forming region in LMC. It is only surpassed in the size and activity by “the king of stellar nurseries”, 30 Doradus, located at the opposite side of LMC.


NASA/ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/STScI/HEIC)

About the Object

Name: LHA 120-N 11B, N11B
Type: Local Universe : Nebula : Type : Star Formation
Distance: 150000 light years
Constellation: Dorado
Category: Nebulae


Position (RA): 4 56 51.68
Position (Dec): -66° 24′ 29.24″
Field of view: 2.22 x 1.14 arcminutes
Orientation: North is 155.4° right of vertical

New Hubble image of NGC 2174

To celebrate its 24th year in orbit, the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has released this beautiful new image of part of NGC 2174, also known as the Monkey Head Nebula.

NGC 2174 lies about 6400 light-years away in the constellation of Orion (The Hunter). Hubble previously viewed this part of the sky back in 2011 — the colourful region is filled with young stars embedded within bright wisps of cosmic gas and dust.

This portion of the Monkey Head Nebula was imaged in the infrared using Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3.


NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

About the Object

Name: NGC 2174
Type: Milky Way : Nebula : Appearance : Emission : H II Region
Distance: 6500 light years
Constellation: Orion
Category: Anniversary


Position (RA): 6 9 9.88
Position (Dec): 20° 27′ 32.65″
Field of view: 3.97 x 3.97 arcminutes
Orientation: North is 145.1° right of vertical

A reflection nebula in Orion

Just weeks after NASA astronauts repaired the Hubble Space Telescope in December 1999, the Hubble Heritage Project snapped this picture of NGC 1999, a nebula in the constellation Orion. The Heritage astronomers, in collaboration with scientists in Texas and Ireland, used Hubble’s Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2) to obtain this colour image.


NASA/ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI)

About the Object

Name: NGC 1999
Type: Milky Way : Nebula : Appearance : Reflection
Distance: 1500 light years
Constellation: Orion
Category: Nebulae


Position (RA): 5 36 24.93
Position (Dec): -6° 42′ 55.06″
Field of view: 1.24 x 1.26 arcminutes
Orientation: North is 24.6° right of vertical

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