• Photo Gallery - Bright Nebulae

    Bright Nebulae (pronounced neb-ue-lee), are diverse and beautiful objects usually found in the arms of spiral galaxies. Nebulae are clouds of dust and gas. They come in two forms: Reflection Nebulae and Emission Nebulae. (There are also Dark Nebulae, Planetary Nebulae, and Supernovae Remnants.) Bright Nebulae are bright. Emission Nebulae are usually mostly pink to red in color. This is due to am emission from excited electrons in hydrogen atoms. Reflection Nebulae are caused by the scattering of blue light by the dust particles and therefore are blue in color.

    If a Bright 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 Bright Nebulae in this archive.
    These pictures were taken by volunteer astronomers at the Insperity Observatory in Humble ISD.

    Cocoon Nebula
    Eagle NebulaOrion Nebula


    The Cocoon Nebula:
    Photos taken by Dave Tomlin in late 2013.

    This is a very red nebula that somewhat resembles a human heart.

    Cocoon Nebula

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    The Eagle Nebula:
    Photos taken by Dave Tomlin in late 2013.

    This is a single black and white photo, taken through an h-alpha filter, and shows the level of detail that is possible.

    Eagle Nebula

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    M42: The Great Orion Nebula:
    Photos taken by Dave Tomlin in early 2014.

    This is perhaps one of the most beautiful objects in the sky that is accessible to backyard astronomers. It is visible with the naked-eye and in binoculars. It really comes alive when viewed through a telescope. This picture is a stack of images taken through red, green, blue, luminance, and H-alpha filters.


    M42: The Great Orion Nebula

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