Results tagged “nebula” from Sunday Mercury - Weird Science


In its first glimpse of the heavens following the successful December 1999 servicing mission, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope captured this planetary nebula, the glowing remains of a dying, Sun-like star.

This stellar relic, first spied by William Herschel in 1787, is nicknamed the "Eskimo" Nebula (NGC 2392) because, when viewed through ground-based telescopes, it resembles a face surrounded by a fur parka.


Wowsers! When you look into space, space looks back at you.

This Hubble telescope snapshot of MyCn18, a young planetary nebula, reveals that the object has an hourglass shape with an intricate pattern of "etchings" in its walls.

A planetary nebula is the glowing relic of a dying, Sun-like star.


This broad panorama of the Carina Nebula, a region of massive star formation in the southern skies, was taken in infrared light using the HAWK-I camera on ESO's Very Large Telescope.

Many previously hidden features, scattered across a spectacular celestial landscape of gas, dust and young stars, have emerged.

Click on the image to embiggen.

Flying into a nebula

By Daniel Smith on Feb 9, 12 12:00 PM

Hubble takes you into the Carina Pillars, and then the helix Nebula.

A very big bang

By Daniel Smith on Oct 5, 11 11:26 PM


The Pistol Nebula, one of the brightest stars in our galaxy, appears as the bright white dot in the center of this image taken with NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.

The image also shows one of the most massive stellar eruptions ever seen in space.


Daniel Smith

Daniel Smith - a long time ago, in a galaxy far away just north of Watford, Daniel fancied himself as a scientist but turned out to be the worst scientist since that bloke who mapped out all those canals on Mars that turned out to be scratches on his telescope's lens. Luckily, he is now not working on the Large Hadron Collider inadvertently creating a black hole that would swallow the world but is safely behind a desk writing this blog, bringing you the fantastical underbelly of nature... weird science.

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