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Spectacular Images Of Nebulae Captured By NASA's Hubble Space Telescope

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Nebula is a Latin word which means cloud.  In scientific terms, it is an interstellar cloud made of dust, helium, hydrogen and other ionized gas in the intergalactic space.  They come in different colors, shapes, and sizes.  More than one nebula is called nebulae.

There are different kinds of nebulae such as emission nebula, reflection nebula, dark nebula, planetary nebula and supernova remnant.  According to Universe Today, “it is formed when portions of the interstellar medium collapse and clump together due to gravitational attraction of the particles that comprise them.”

Recently, NASA released a stunning image of Veil Nebula Supernova Remnant taken by Hubble Space Telescope.  One section of the photo shows the remains of a huge star blast that happened 8,000 years ago.  According to NASA, the whole nebula is “110 light years across, covering six full moons on the sky as seen from Earth, and resides about 2,100 light-years away in the constellation Cygnus, the Swan.”

Veil Nebula Supernova Remnant
Image Credit: NASA/ESA/Hubble Heritage Team

Here are some other breathtaking pictures of other nebulae:


The Butterfly Nebula
Image Credit: NASA/ESA/Hubble

PK 329-02.2 also called as menzel 2 or MZ 2

Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, Acknowledgement: Serge Meunier

Eagle Nebula
Image Credit: NASA/ESA/Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Orion Nebula
Image Credit: NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team

NGC 6818 or Little Gem Nebula
Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, Acknowledgement: Judy Schmidt

Nebula M1-67
Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, Acknowledgement: Judy Schmidt

NGC 6153
Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, Acknowledgement: Matej Novak

Crab Nebula
Image Credit: NASA, ESA, J. Hester, A. Loll (ASU)

Horse Head Nebula
Image Credit: NASA/ESA/Hubble Heritage Team

For more information on the Hubble Space Telescope, kindly visit: NASA/Hubble

Sources:
Universe Today
NASA