• Photo Gallery - Planetary Nebulae

    Planetary Nebulae (pronounced neb-ue-lee), are among the most diverse and beautiful objects in the universe. Nebulae are clouds of dust and gas. They come in many different forms: Bright Nebulae (Reflection Nebulae and Emission Nebulae), Dark Nebulae, Planetary Nebulae, and Supernovae Remnants. Planetary Nebulae are not actually related to planets at all. They were given this name because when they were first discovered they resembled planets. Planetary Nebulae are the results of the deaths of sun-like stars. The cores of the stars collapse and the outer layers expand outward from the core. The Sun will become a planetary nebula in about 5 billion years.

    If a planetary nebula on the list has an M in front of a number that means it is on the list compiled by Charles Messier. His list is most of the best objects to see from Earth.

    These are the planetary nebulae in this archive.
    These pictures were taken by volunteer astronomers at the Insperity Observatory in Humble ISD.

    M27
    M57


    M27: The Dumbbell Nebula
    Photos taken by Dave Tomlin from August 8, 2013 through October 23, 2013.

    This is a big stunning planetary nebula.
    This picture is a stack of 749 60-second images taken through red, green, blue,
    luminance, and H-alpha filters.

    M27: The Dumbbell Nebula

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    M57: The Ring Nebula
    Photos taken by Dave Tomlin in May and June, 2013.

    This is a big beautiful planetary nebula visible even in modest telescopes. This picture is a stack of about 150 60-second images taken through red, green, blue, luminance, and H-alpha filters.


    M57: The Ring Nebula

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