This is the Seagull Nebula. It is a broad expanse of glowing gas and dust that presents itself as a bird-like form. IC 2177 is what form the sweeping arc of the seagull’s wings. The nebula is dominated by a reddish glow of atomic hydrogen and spans over 100 light years. It is approximately 3,800 light years from Earth.
This is the Witch Head Nebula. It is a reflection nebula that has ties to the Orion constellation. The bright star of Rigel is located within this nebula and the glow is primarily caused by the light that is reflected from this star. It is approximately 100 light years away from Earth.
Sirius is the brightest star in our night sky. In the photograph above, you can see it in the far left. Sirius is located in the constellation of Canis Major in the Orion Nebula. It is often referred to as the Dog Star. It is 20 times brighter and twice as massive as our Sun.
This is a star cluster located within the Rosetta Nebula. It is a bright, young open star cluster that contains primarily bright blue stars. The ultraviolet light knocks the electrons away from the hydrogen atoms which causes the red light that glows from this nebula.
This is the Pipe Nebula. It is a dark nebula that is shrouded in clouds that give it the shape of smoke rising out of a pipe. This illusion is created by the absoption of background starlight by dust. It is classified as an absorption nebula.
This is the Rosetta Nebula. There is an open cluster that lies inside the nebula that is full of bright young stars. These stars were formed about four millon years ago. Ultraviolet light radiating from these stars cause the surrounding nebula to glow. This nebula spans about 100 light years across. It is approximately five thousand light years from Earth.
This is the Owl Nebula. Astronomers call it this because of the placement of the two dark “eyes” which suggest the face of an owl. It is a planetary nebula that spans over 2 light years. It is approximately 2,600 light years from Earth.
This is the Gum Nebula. It is an emission nebula that is thought to the remnants of a supernova that is millions of years old and sprawls across the constellations of Vela and Puppis. The closest point of the nebula is 450 light years away and the farthest is 1,500 light years away from Earth.
This is the Firework Nebula. It is know as GK Per and is the result of a stellar explosion known as a nova. A nova is another name for the star classification of white dwarf. The unusual firework type features of this particular nebula have still yet to be explained and are a matter of further research.
This is N44F. It is 35 lightyears in diameter and is composed of a dense cloud of dust and gas. It blows at over 4 million miles per hour and throws off more than 100 million times more mass per second than our Sun. It is approximately 160 thousand light years from Earth.