This nebula is located about 2,400 light-years from Earth. It gets its nickname from its elongated, trunk-like shape, but this close-up on the main body of the nebula reveals something else...is that a monster staring back at us?
The so-called Heart Nebula lives up to its name, in this lush new image that an amateur astrophotographer posted on a new Flickr account. We've never seen nebula pictures this rich-looking. And just wait until you see the Rosette Nebula.