Frosty Nebula

Credit: ESA and NASA A frosty halo surrounds a burned-out star in this image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. Explore the Frosty Leo Nebula, also known as IRAS 09371+1212. Does it look like bird? Or a butterfly or an angel perhaps? Tell us your story. Leave a...

Planetary Eye

Credit: NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA) A hot, core star and colorful nebula is all that’s left of this dying star. NGC 6369, also called the Little Ghost Nebula, is a planetary nebula about 5,000 light-years from Earth toward the constellation...

Eskimo Nebula

Credit: NASA, Andrew Fruchter and the ERO Team [Sylvia Baggett (STScI), Richard Hook (ST-ECF), Zoltan Levay (STScI)] William Herschel nicknamed the “Eskimo Nebula” in 1787 because it looked to him like a face wrapped in a fur parka. Astronomers also know...

Ethereal Purple Petals

ESO Purple petals, an eerie purplish eye or tire glow in this image from the European Southern Observatory. IC 5148, or the Spare Tire Nebula, is a planetary nebula with a diameter of just a couple of light-years. It is one of fastest expanding planetary nebula known...

Starlike Butterfly

Credit: ESA/NASA Hubble   A starlike butterfly flits in the dark in this image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. Explore the body and wings of planetary nebula NGC 6881. What shapes and patterns do you see? Leave a note below. The inner part of NGC 6881...