Five Of The Most Unusual Nebula

15th June 2016

1) The Waterfall Nebula

The Waterfall Nebula – also called HH-222 – is located approximately 1,500 light years away from Earth in the Orion Molecular Cloud. The process of it’s formation remains a mystery. One theory is that the nebula is the result of stellar winds blowing from a young star which is hidden nearby.

waterfall nebula

2) The Necklace Nebula

This is a planetary nebula which is located 15,000 light-years away in the northern constellation Sagitta. The nebula is over 12-trillion-mile-wide! It is believed that it was created when a giant star crashed into it’s close companion binary star.

necklace nebula

3) V838 Monoceros

V838 Monoceros is located 20,000 light years away from Earth in the constellation Monoceros. It is approximately 13.7 light years in width. In January 2002 for a short time it’s brightness increased by an incredible 4,000 times and it became the brightest star in the Milky Way!


4) The Hand of God

Otherwise known as PSR B1509-58, this is a pulsar which is located 17,000 light years away in the constellation of Circinus. The pulsar was created when a star exploded here approximately 18,7000 years ago! This pulsar is estimated to have a spin rate of 7 times per second!

hand of god

5) The Red Square Nebula

The Red Square Nebula is located approximately 5000 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Serpens. It is entirely unknown how it could have formed this shape!

red square