nebulae

Just two weeks ago, dark skies over the desert in northern Iran held this alluring celestial masterpiece. The compelling mosaic finds the Moon and Mars alongside the Milky Way’s dusty rifts, stars, and nebulae. That night’s otherwise Full Moon is immersed in Earth’s shadow, appearing fainter and redder than the Red Planet itself during the total lunar eclipse.

For cosmic tourists, the skyscape also includes the Lagoon (M8) and Trifid (M20) nebulae and planet Saturn shining against the Milky Way’s pale starlight.

Image Credit & Copyright: Taha Ghouchkanlu (TWAN)

Over 150 light-years across, this cosmic maelstrom of gas and dust is not too far away. It lies south of the Tarantula Nebula in our satellite galaxy the Large Magellanic Cloud a mere 180,000 light-years distant. Massive stars have formed within. Their energetic radiation and powerful stellar winds sculpt the gas and dust and power the glow of this HII region, entered into the Henize catalog of emission stars and nebulae in the Magellanic Clouds as N159. The bright, compact, butterfly-shaped nebula above and left of center likely contains massive stars in a very early stage of formation. Resolved for the first time in Hubble images, the compact blob of ionized gas has come to be known as the Papillon Nebula.

Image Credit: NASA/ESA/Hubble

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These are a few of my favorite things nebulae!

From top to bottom:

NGC 6720 ~ Ring Nebula

NGC 6543 ~ Cat’s Eye Nebula

NGC 7293 ~ Helix Nebula (also called “Eye of God” and “Eye of Sauron”)

IC 418 ~ Spirograph Nebula 

MyCn18 ~ Engraved Hourglass Nebula

NGC 6826 or Caldwell 15 ~ the Blinking Planetary 

Nebula Correspondences
  • Abell 36: tranquility, peace, insight, clarity, knowledge 
  • Abell 78: invisibility, protection
  •  Ant Nebula: communication, strength, power, energy, success, diligence 
  • Barnard’s Loop: vitality, survival, movement, motivation, strength, valor
  • Boomerang Nebula: communication, truth, astral projection
  • California Nebula: assistance, opportunity, finances, passion, creativity, competition, energy, emotional strength, pride
  • Carina Nebula: spirituality, inspiration, purification, protection, travel
  • Cat’s Eye Nebula: beauty, perception, divination, wisdom, mysticism, the unknown
  • Cone Nebula: motivation, confidence; revenge, general cursing
  • Dumbbell Nebula: abundance, prosperity, healing, emotional strength, new beginnings, opportunities
  • Eagle Nebula: wisdom, justice, growth, magic, success, business ventures
  • Egg Nebula: rebirth, spirituality
  • Elephant Trunk Nebula: creativity, ancient energies and knowledge, gentleness, patience, compassion, memory, diligence
  • Engraved Hourglass Nebula: divination, knowledge, protection, vision, intuition; banishment, cursing others, curse redirection
  • Eskimo nebula: money, protection, balance, mental awareness, focus, mental and psychic clarity
  • Flame Nebula: passion, love, lust, ambition, happiness, energy, empowerment, alertness, good health; anger, war, revenge
  • Ghost Nebula: divination, protection, banishment, removing curses, protection in sleep, spirit communication
  • Heart Nebula: love, romance, family, beauty, lust, fertility, fidelity, self-love, emotional healing, passion, friendship, joy
  • Helix Nebula: psychic protection, psychic awareness, drive away evil
  • Hen 2-47: Money, prosperity, fortune, joy Iris Nebula: wisdom, spirit work, guards secrets
  • Horsehead Nebula: inspiration, freedom, sexuality, fertility, intimidation, brings nightmares to enemies 
  • IC 434: Respect, strength, abundance
  • IC 405: protection, rebirth, bonds, guidance, self-love, emotional balance 
  • IC 2118: tranquility, sleep and dreams
  • Lagoon Nebula: divination, empowerment, intelligence, improves communication
  • Lemon Slice Nebula: joy, friendship, cleansing, protection from baneful magick
  • Little Dumbbell Nebula: self-love, emotional healing
  • Little Ghost Nebula: protection, purification
  • Medusa Nebula: charisma, beauty, healing, protection from harm
  • Messier 78: balance, banishment, binding 
  • North American Nebula: renewal, motivation 
  • Omega Nebula: creativity, closing things or ceremonies, starting anew
  • Orion Nebula: independence, psychic awareness, psychic protection, mental clarity, wisdom, beauty, glamour, brings change
  • Owl Nebula: protection during sleep, meditation, intuition, wisdom, clarity 
  • Red Rectangle Nebula: strength, courage, focus, empowerment in times of trial
  • Saturn Nebula: protection, honesty, sincerity, justice and law, time, spiritual awareness, intelligence, wisdom, chaos, spirituality
  • Shapley 1: protection, wishes
  • Southern Owl Nebula: self reflection, honesty
  • Spirograph Nebula: beauty, motivation, energy, self-empowerment, the arts, creativity, confidence
  • Ring Nebula: calm, honesty, friendship, family, protection of the home, respect
  • Tarantula Nebula: dreams, mysticism, creation, new beginnings, binding, chaos, illusion, deceptions 
  • Trifid Nebula: birth, youth, creation, growth
  • Stingray Nebula: prosperity, compassion, healing, maturity, good fortune
  • Veil Nebula: travel, astral projection, realm travel
  • Westerhout 5: growth, connections to the natural world, self-improvement, breaking down barriers, life, harmony, hope, healing
  • Wolf Rayet Nebula: independence, guidance, truth, hope, communication, ambition 

**special thanks to @cosmic-witch for going through this for me