21 incredible cloud nebula pictures

If we look a little further than our own atmosphere, deep into the furthest reaches of outer space, the clouds we can see are truly out-of-this-world - here are some of our favourite cloud nebula pictures.

5th February 2018
21 incredible clouds of the Universe © NASA/ESA/Hubble Heritage Team

Space is a marvellous thing, and thanks to cameras like the Hubble Space Telescope, the Herscel Telescope and Spitzer Telescope we are able to see unparallelled images of wondrous cloud nebulas such as the Orion, Crab and Horsehead nebula. Here are a few of the best:

The Crab Nebula - The Pillars of Creation

NASA/ESA/Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)/J. Hester, P. Scowen (Arizona State U.)
© NASA/ESA/Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)/J. Hester, P. Scowen (Arizona State U.)

Awesome

The Twin Jet Nebula

ESA/Hubble & NASA, Acknowledgement: Judy Schmidt
© ESA/Hubble & NASA, Acknowledgement: Judy Schmidt

Dazzling

The Veil Nebula

NASA/ESA/Hubble Heritage Team
© NASA/ESA/Hubble Heritage Team

Ghostly

The Lagoon Nebula

NASA, ESA, J. Trauger (Jet Propulson Laboratory)
© NASA, ESA, J. Trauger (Jet Propulson Laboratory)

Epic

The Crab Nebula

NASA/CXC/SAO
© NASA/CXC/SAO

Swirly

PSR B1509-58

X-ray: NASA/CXC/SAO; Infrared: NASA/JPL-Caltech
© X-ray: NASA/CXC/SAO; Infrared: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Pareidolia?

The Monkey Head Nebula

NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
© NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Beautiful

The Orion Nebula

NASA/JPL-Caltech
© NASA/JPL-Caltech

Spectacular

The Horsehead Nebula

NASA/ESA/Hubble Heritage Team
© NASA/ESA/Hubble Heritage Team

Ooooooh!

The Butterfly Nebula (NGC 6302)

NASA/ESA/Hubble
© NASA/ESA/Hubble

Delightful

LL Ori and the Orion Nebula

NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team
© NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team

Floaty

The Orion Nebula

NASA
© NASA

Still spectacular

The Eagle Nebula

© ESA/Herschel/PACS/SPIRE/Hill, Motte, HOBYS Key Programme Consortium
© ESA/Herschel/PACS/SPIRE/Hill, Motte, HOBYS Key Programme Consortium

Ethereal

Sharpless 2-106

NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
© NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Angelic

30 Doradus

NASA
© NASA

Eye-opening

RAS 05437+2502

NASA, ESA, Hubble, R. Sahai (JPL)
© NASA, ESA, Hubble, R. Sahai (JPL)

Spooky

The Carina Nebula

NASA, ESA, and M. Livio and the Hubble 20th Anniversary Team (STScI)
© NASA, ESA, and M. Livio and the Hubble 20th Anniversary Team (STScI)

Cosmic

Pismis 24

NASA, ESA and J. M. Apellániz (IAA, Spain)
© NASA, ESA and J. M. Apellániz (IAA, Spain)

Romantic

The Carina Nebula

NASA, ESA, N. Smith (University of California, Berkeley), and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
© NASA, ESA, N. Smith (University of California, Berkeley), and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Still cosmic

The Omega Nebula

NASA, ESA, J. Hester (ASU)
© NASA, ESA, J. Hester (ASU)

Ahhhhhhh!

NGC 1999

NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI)
© NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI)

Breathtaking

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