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

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

Postby myashinsky » Mon Aug 26, 2013 4:10 am

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

Postby Guest » Mon Aug 26, 2013 4:10 am

Looks like a pillow to me.
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Re: APOD: Bright Planetary Nebula NGC 7027... (2013 Aug 26)

Postby mellowmax » Mon Aug 26, 2013 4:11 am

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

Postby 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)

Postby 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)

Postby Guest » Mon Aug 26, 2013 4:14 am

The pillowcase nebula. Or maybe the Kodak Brownie nebula. :ssmile:
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Re: APOD: Bright Planetary Nebula NGC 7027... (2013 Aug 26)

Postby Debbie » Mon Aug 26, 2013 4:15 am

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

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

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

Postby 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)

Postby 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)

Postby 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)

Postby JenTheStargazer » Mon Aug 26, 2013 4:19 am

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

Postby Beyond » Mon Aug 26, 2013 4:19 am

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

:EDIT: I see i got beat by about 30 seconds.
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Re: APOD: Bright Planetary Nebula NGC 7027... (2013 Aug 26)

Postby 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)

Postby 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)

Postby 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)

Postby Liebencrantz » Mon Aug 26, 2013 4:26 am

definitely +1 Flying Squirrel Nebula. first thing i saw before i even read the caption.
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Re: APOD: Bright Planetary Nebula NGC 7027... (2013 Aug 26)

Postby nighteyes » Mon Aug 26, 2013 4:27 am

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

Postby 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)

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

Postby AC212 » Mon Aug 26, 2013 4:30 am

Popcorn nebula - that's that.
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Re: APOD: Bright Planetary Nebula NGC 7027... (2013 Aug 26)

Postby 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)

Postby 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)

Postby 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
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