There's something incredibly beautiful and poetic about a cloud of dust, moving through space.
, these are some of the most captivating phenomena in space. Check out some of the loveliest nebulae in the entire cosmos. Made of the concentrated interstellar medium A reflection nebula, (IC 4592) made up of very fine dust, reflecting the light of energetic nearby stars, in the constellation Scorpius, about 600 light-years from us. (Photo by Scott Rosen/NASA ) Helix Nebula (NGC 7293), 700 light-years from us
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(Photo by NASA/ESA/C.R. O'Dell/Vanderbilt University/Space Telescope Science Institute ) The Horsehead Nebula (Barnard 33), about 1,300 light-years away. (Photo by NASA/ESA/Hubble Heritage Team ) The Orion Nebula, approximately 1,400 light-years away (Photo by NASA/ESA/M. Robberto/Hubble Space Telescope Orion Treasury Project Team and César Blanco González/NASA ) The Horsehead Nebula (Barnard 33), about 1,500 light-years away (Photo by John Chumack/NASA ) The Flaming Star Nebula (IC 405) around the bright star AE Aurigae, approximately 1,500 light-years from us. (Photo by Martin Pugh/NASA ) IC 5067 in the Pelican Nebula, 2,000 light-years from us (Photo by César Blanco González/NASA ) The Ring Nebula (Messier 57), about 2,500 light-years away
) NASA/ESA/C. Robert O'Dell/Vanderbilt University The Cone Nebula (NGC 2264), 3,000 light-years from Earth (Photo by NASA/Holland Ford/ACS Science Team/ESA ) Cat's Eye (NGC 6543), a glowing nebula approx. 3,000 light-years from us (Photo by NASA/CXC/SAO/STScI ) The Crescent Nebula (NGC 6888), in the constellation Cygnus, about 5,000 light-years away. (Photo by J-P Metsävainio/Astro Anarchy/NASA ) Knotty curls of dust and gas in the Monkey Head Nebula (NGC 2174 or Sharpless Sh2-252), 6,400 light-years away. (via NASA/ESA/The Hubble Heritage ) The Crab Nebula, 6,500 light-years away in the constellation Taurus (Photo by NASA/ESA/Allison Loll/Jeff Hester ) A stellar spire and the Pillars of Creation in the Eagle Nebula, 7,000 light-years away (via NASA/ESA/The Hubble Heritage ) The Mystic Mountain and a detail of the Carina Nebula, located 7,500 light-years away (Photo by NASA/ESA/M. Livio/Hubble 20th Anniversary Team ) The Hourglass Nebula (MyCn 18), 8,000 light-years from Earth (Photo by Raghvendra Sahai/John Trauger/JPL/NASA/ESA ) The Wizard Nebula (NGC 7380), located only 8,000 light-years from Earth (Photo by Rolf Geissinger/NASA ) The Trifid Nebula (Messier 20), 9,000 light-years away (Photo by NASA/ESA/Jeff Hester ) Details of Tarantula Nebula in infrared light, about 160,000 light-years away in the Large Magellanic Cloud. (Photos by ESO/MPG/WFI/La Silla and NASA/ESA/ESO )