The Ant Nebula, a cloud of dust and
gas whose technical name is Mz3, resembles
an ant when observed using ground-based telescopes. The nebula
lies within our
galaxy between 3,000 and 6,000 light years from Earth.
In third place is Nebula NGC 2392,
called Eskimo because it looks like a face
surrounded by a furry hood. The hood is, in fact, a ring of
flying away from a dying star. Eskimo is 5,000 light years from
At four is the Cat's Eye Nebula
The Hourglass Nebula, 8,000 light
years away, has a pinched-in-the-middle
look because the winds that shape it are weaker at the centre.
In sixth place is the Cone Nebula. The part pictured here is 2.5
light years in
length (the equivalent of 23 million return trips to the Moon).
The Perfect Storm, a small region
in the Swan Nebula, 5,500 light years away,
described as 'a bubbly ocean of hydrogen and small amounts of
and other elements'.
Starry Night, so named because it
reminded astronomers of the Van Gogh painting.
It is a halo of light around a star in the Milky Way.
The glowering eyes from 114 million
light years away are the swirling cores of two
merging galaxies called NGC 2207 and IC 2163 in the distant
Canis Major constellation.
The Trifid Nebula. A 'stellar
nursery', 9,000 light years from here, it is where new stars are
Genesis 1:1: "In the beginning God created the heavens and