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Nebulae page — updated on August 28th, 2017

Nebulae and Other Star Birthplaces

This page focuses on the captivating nebulae and other cosmic structures that form stars, many of which have interesting nicknames! Each listing lists the constellation that the star-forming region is in, and some listings might have a link to an image from Hubblesite.org, NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day, or another website.
Updated August 28th, 2017 (Heart Nebula)

Know of a fascinating nebula or star-forming region that I have not mentioned yet? Please feel free to leave a comment with your suggestion!

Diffuse, Emission, & Reflection Nebulae
Cocoon Nebula - IC 5146 and Caldwell 19
     Constellation: Cygnus | NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day

Cone Nebula - part of NGC 2264
     Constellation: Monoceros | NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day

Crab Nebula - M1 and NGC 1952
     Constellation: Taurus

Heart Nebula - IC 1805; brightest section known as NGC 896
     Constellation: Cassiopeia

Lagoon Nebula - M8 and NGC 6523
     Constellation: Sagittarius

Orion Nebula - M42 and NGC 1976
     Constellation: Orion

Statue of Liberty Nebula - NGC 3576
     Constellation: Carina | NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day
          Little Astronomy Blog Post (↗)

Swan (Omega) Nebula - M17 and NGC 6618
     Constellation: Sagittarius | Hubblesite

Trifid Nebula - M20 and NGC 6514
     Constellation: Sagittarius

Witch Head Nebula - IC 2118 - near Rigel, the 0.18-magnitude star
     Constellation: Orion
          Little Astronomy Blog Post (↗)

M43 - NGC 1982
     Constellation: Orion

Planetary Nebulae
Cat's Eye Nebula - NGC 6543
     Constellation: Draco | Hubblesite

Dumbbell Nebula - M27 and NGC 6853
     Constellation: Vulpecula

Helix Nebula - NGC 7293
     Constellation: Aquarius | Hubblesite

Owl Nebula - M97 and NGC 3587
     Constellation: Ursa Major | NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day

Pacman (or Skull) Nebula - NGC 246
     Constellation: Cetus

Ring Nebula - M57 and NGC 6720
     Constellation: Lyra | Hubblesite

Star-Forming Region LH 95 in the Large Magellanic CloudLH 95 - non-nebulae star-forming region
This highly-productive wonder is a star-forming region in the Large Magellanic Cloud. It is located in the constellation Dorado (the Swordfish). Click on LH 95 to view it larger. You can see a much larger image on my site, as this is the background! Source: Hubblesite.org, Hubble Heritage Team, AURA, ESA, STSci, and NASA | Larger image resolutions from Hubblesite
The Bubble Nebula (NGC 7635)
Bubble Nebula - NGC 7635
This bubbly emission nebula is found in Cassiopeia and located not too far west of Cepheus.
Source: Hubblesite.org, Hubble Heritage Team, AURA, STSci, and NASA | Larger image resolutions from Hubblesite

Blog Background

The background has three Hubble Space Telescope images, which are accessible at this Hubble webpage: Hubblesite.org/categories/images.

— LH 95 is a star-forming region in the Large Magellanic Cloud, Dorado constellation.

— Ant Nebula (also called Menzel 3) is an aptly-named planetary nebula located in the constellation Norma.
— Egg Nebula (also called CL 2688) is a protoplanetary nebula in the constellation Cygnus.

HubbleSite Image Links: LH 95, Ant Nebula, and Egg Nebula