5 Fascinating Images of Nebulae Named After Animals by NASA: ‘Cat to Crab’ | is in trend

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A nebula is a large cloud of dust and gas in space. Composed mostly of hydrogen and helium, a nebula (more than one nebula) is the space between stars. Interestingly, this space is also known as interstellar space. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) often shares about the nebula on social media that leaves people mesmerized. While these cosmic objects are known by interesting monikers, this particular article is about those named after animals.

This image of the Crab Nebula will blow your mind. (Instagram/@nasa)

1. Nebula of the cat’s eye

It is one of the first planetary nebulae discovered. “If you’ve ever looked into the eyes of a #cat, you know how fascinating those shapes and colors can be. The Cat’s Eye Nebula is no different. The type of nebula produced by stars like our Sun – but later in life – often have strange properties that Mesmerizes us,” NASA once shared on Instagram while posting a picture of this amazing cosmic object.

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The image shows the Cat's Eye Nebula.  (Instagram/@nasachandraxray)
The image shows the Cat’s Eye Nebula. (Instagram/@nasachandraxray)

2. Jellyfish Nebula

“The Jellyfish Nebula, also known by its official name IC 443, is the remnant of a supernova 5,000 light-years from Earth,” according to NASA.

Incredible image shows the Jellyfish Nebula.  (NASA)
Incredible image shows the Jellyfish Nebula. (NASA)

3. Tarantula nebula

“A cluster of bright blue stars near the center right of the image. The stars are concentrated in the center and then spread out across the image. Burnt orange and crimson colored gas and dust surround the stars and surround the entire image. A dark structure occupies the center of the nebula, ” This is what NASA wrote when sharing an image of the Tarantula Nebula.

This picture of the Tarantula Nebula will amaze you.  (Instagram/@nasa)
This picture of the Tarantula Nebula will amaze you. (Instagram/@nasa)

4. Butterfly Nebula

How did this nebula come into existence? According to NASA, “This nebula formed after a star like our Sun used up most of its fuel and shed its outer layers of material.”

Did this image of the Butterfly Nebula make you say 'wow'?  (Instagram/@nasahubble)
Did this image of the Butterfly Nebula make you say ‘wow’? (Instagram/@nasahubble)

5. Crab Nebula

This beautiful celestial object is 6,500 light-years away from Earth in the constellation Taurus. In posting an image of this nebula, NASA shared, “Immense clouds of gas bloom diagonally outward and dominate the image. Clouds vary in color and texture – including cottony white, fiery orange and smoky blue. In the background, blue, yellow and red stars dot the black space.”

The Crab Nebula is located in the constellation Taurus.  (Instagram@nasa)
The Crab Nebula is located in the constellation Taurus. (Instagram@nasa)

What are your thoughts on these images of nebulae named after animals? Did they shock you?

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