The Lagoon Nebula, or Messier 8 (M8), is a large interstellar cloud classified as an emission nebula and an H II region. The nebula is located in Sagittarius constellation, within the Milky Way Galaxy. It lies in the direction of the galaxy’s centre. The nebula’s designation in the New General Catalogue is NGC 6523.
The Eagle Nebula, also known as the Star Queen Nebula, Messier 16 (M16), and NGC 6611, is a star forming region located in Serpens. It is a well-known emission nebula surrounding a young open star cluster. The cluster associated with the nebula consists of a number of young stars belonging to the spectral classes O … [Read more…]
The Orion Nebula is a famous diffuse emission/reflection nebula located in the constellation Orion. It is also known as Messier 42 (M42) or the Great Orion Nebula. Its designation in the New General Catalogue is NGC 1976. The brightest stars in the nebula form an asterism known as the Trapezium Cluster. These young stars are … [Read more…]
The Rosette Nebula is an emission nebula, a large star forming region located in the constellation Monoceros, the Unicorn. The nebula is a large cloud of gas and dust that lies near a large molecular cloud and is closely associated with the open cluster NGC 2244, whose stars were formed from the nebula’s matter in … [Read more…]
The Flaming Star Nebula (IC 405) is a diffuse emission/reflection nebula in Auriga constellation. It surrounds the irregular variable star AE Aurigae, a runaway star believed to originate in the Orion’s Belt area in Orion constellation. The nebula is approximately 1,500 light years distant. It has an apparent magnitude of 6.0 and measures about 37.0’x19.0′ … [Read more…]