APOD: Bright Planetary Nebula NGC 7027... (2013 Aug 26)

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APOD: Bright Planetary Nebula NGC 7027... (2013 Aug 26)

Post by APOD Robot » Mon Aug 26, 2013 4:06 am

Image Bright Planetary Nebula NGC 7027 from Hubble

Explanation: It is one of the brightest planetary nebulae on the sky -- what should it be named? First discovered in 1878, nebula NGC 7027 can be seen toward the constellation of the Swan (Cygnus) with a standard backyard telescope. Partly because it appears there as only an indistinct spot, it is rarely referred to with a moniker. When imaged with the Earth-orbiting Hubble Space Telescope, however, great details are revealed. Studying Hubble images of NGC 7027 have led to the understanding that it is a planetary nebula that began expanding about 600 years ago, and that the cloud of gas and dust is unusually massive as it appears to contain about three times the mass of our Sun. Pictured above in assigned colors, the resolved, layered, and dust-laced features of NGC 7027 might remind sky enthusiasts of a familiar icon that could be the basis for an informal name. Please feel free to make suggestions -- some suggestions are being recorded, for example, in an online APOD discussion forum.

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myashinsky

Re: APOD: Bright Planetary Nebula NGC 7027... (2013 Aug 26)

Post by myashinsky » Mon Aug 26, 2013 4:10 am

detergent pouch

Guest

Re: APOD: Bright Planetary Nebula NGC 7027... (2013 Aug 26)

Post by Guest » Mon Aug 26, 2013 4:10 am

Looks like a pillow to me.

mellowmax

Re: APOD: Bright Planetary Nebula NGC 7027... (2013 Aug 26)

Post by mellowmax » Mon Aug 26, 2013 4:11 am

Iceberg nebula ?

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Re: APOD: Bright Planetary Nebula NGC 7027... (2013 Aug 26)

Post by That_Guy_636 » Mon Aug 26, 2013 4:13 am

Cake Nebula

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Re: APOD: Bright Planetary Nebula NGC 7027... (2013 Aug 26)

Post by Guest » Mon Aug 26, 2013 4:14 am

cotton candy nebula

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Re: APOD: Bright Planetary Nebula NGC 7027... (2013 Aug 26)

Post by Guest » Mon Aug 26, 2013 4:14 am

The pillowcase nebula. Or maybe the Kodak Brownie nebula. :ssmile:

Debbie

Re: APOD: Bright Planetary Nebula NGC 7027... (2013 Aug 26)

Post by Debbie » Mon Aug 26, 2013 4:15 am

Flying Squirrel

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Re: APOD: Bright Planetary Nebula NGC 7027... (2013 Aug 26)

Post by Kirk Sellman » Mon Aug 26, 2013 4:15 am

The Pumice Nebula

nebosite

Re: APOD: Bright Planetary Nebula NGC 7027... (2013 Aug 26)

Post by nebosite » Mon Aug 26, 2013 4:16 am

The Polar Bear Rug

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Re: APOD: Bright Planetary Nebula NGC 7027... (2013 Aug 26)

Post by sarah.ten48 » Mon Aug 26, 2013 4:16 am

Flying Squirrel Nebula!

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Re: APOD: Bright Planetary Nebula NGC 7027... (2013 Aug 26)

Post by prosell » Mon Aug 26, 2013 4:18 am

The pillow nebula!

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Re: APOD: Bright Planetary Nebula NGC 7027... (2013 Aug 26)

Post by JenTheStargazer » Mon Aug 26, 2013 4:19 am

Marshmallow Nebula

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Re: APOD: Bright Planetary Nebula NGC 7027... (2013 Aug 26)

Post by Beyond » Mon Aug 26, 2013 4:19 am

My first thought was a dirty marshmallow. So how about the DM Nebula?

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Re: APOD: Bright Planetary Nebula NGC 7027... (2013 Aug 26)

Post by Jib » Mon Aug 26, 2013 4:21 am

Ice cream nebula would be both descriptive and memorable
Well I agree marshmallow is also good in this respect

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Re: APOD: Bright Planetary Nebula NGC 7027... (2013 Aug 26)

Post by DokYuk » Mon Aug 26, 2013 4:24 am

Janus. It looks like two profiles facing apart.

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Re: APOD: Bright Planetary Nebula NGC 7027... (2013 Aug 26)

Post by Hambone » Mon Aug 26, 2013 4:25 am

The ghost manta ray nebula

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Re: APOD: Bright Planetary Nebula NGC 7027... (2013 Aug 26)

Post by Liebencrantz » Mon Aug 26, 2013 4:26 am

definitely +1 Flying Squirrel Nebula. first thing i saw before i even read the caption.

nighteyes

Re: APOD: Bright Planetary Nebula NGC 7027... (2013 Aug 26)

Post by nighteyes » Mon Aug 26, 2013 4:27 am

The kite

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Re: APOD: Bright Planetary Nebula NGC 7027... (2013 Aug 26)

Post by Boomer12k » Mon Aug 26, 2013 4:27 am

Awesome!!!! The StarFish Nebula!!!!! look at it again....Five Legs...off from a large center....a Starfish....appropriate too.

In a few thousand years, or tens it should be nice and translucent....

This still looks like it is exploding, and it is not a smooth process...amazing.

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Re: APOD: Bright Planetary Nebula NGC 7027... (2013 Aug 26)

Post by astroobiwon » Mon Aug 26, 2013 4:29 am

The first thing that came to my mind when I viewed this planetary nebula was sheep's wool, so I think it should be called, "The Sheep's Wool Nebula" or Sheep Nebula.

AC212

Re: APOD: Bright Planetary Nebula NGC 7027... (2013 Aug 26)

Post by AC212 » Mon Aug 26, 2013 4:30 am

Popcorn nebula - that's that.

navid

Re: APOD: Bright Planetary Nebula NGC 7027... (2013 Aug 26)

Post by navid » Mon Aug 26, 2013 4:31 am

I think "ROC" is a suitabale name. Name of a big bird (i.e 30-morgh) in iranian legends.

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Re: APOD: Bright Planetary Nebula NGC 7027... (2013 Aug 26)

Post by Hobbs'War » Mon Aug 26, 2013 4:32 am

Looks like a Pillow&Scroll to me.

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Re: APOD: Bright Planetary Nebula NGC 7027... (2013 Aug 26)

Post by triastro2000 » Mon Aug 26, 2013 4:35 am

cocoon nebula -- looks like an insect cocoon -- although this name may already be applied to other objects