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Favorite Astronomy Images



     The following is a list of Jupiter Scientific's favorite images of astronomical objects. If you find a spectacular astronomy image on the Internet that you feel might be a candidate for the list, please contact us at admin@jupiterscientific.org. We hope you enjoy the "best of the best" presented on this web page.

List of Images: The Rosette Nebula; M57, the Ring Nebula; M1, the Crab Nebula; planetary nebula NGC 3132; planetary nebula IC 418; M31, the Andromeda Galaxy; M8, the Lagoon Nebula; The Helix Nebula; M16, the Eagle Nebula; planetary nebula IC 4406; globular cluster NGC 104; The Eskimo Nebula; The Horsehead Nebula; M42, the Great Orion Nebula; M27, the Dumbbell Nebula; globular cluster M15; The Little Ghost Nebula; Mars; M20, the Trifid Nebula; globular cluster M5; NGC 6751 planetary nebula ; Aurorae; asteroid Eros; M17, the Omega Nebula; Omega Centauri; Comet West; M45, the Pleiades; The Sun; reflection nebula NGC 3603; M13, the Great Hercules Globular Cluster; Comet Hale-Bopp; The Witch Head Nebula; Venus; M104, the Sombrero Galaxy; The Flame Nebula; Jupiter; Jupiter's Moon Io; emission nebula NGC 604; M82, the Cigar Galaxy; reflection nebula NGC 1999; the Moon; globular cluster M3; Saturn; Saturn's Moon Miranda; M64, the Black Eye Galaxy; The Bubble Nebula; M51, the Whirlpool Galaxy; globular cluster M80; The Flaming Star Nebula; M81, Bode's Galaxy; globular cluster M10; spiral galaxy NGC 891; The Crescent Nebula; globular cluster M14; M83, the Southern Pinwheel Galaxy; Eta Carinae; Barnard's Galaxy; globular cluster M22; planetary nebula Hubble 5; globular cluster M55; galaxy cluster Abell 2218; and Supernova 1987a Nebula Rings.


The Rosette Nebula (NGC 2237): Rosette Nebula   Information at SEDS, an emission nebula in Monoceros

Favorite Image:
A big image at NASA (149 K) (a medium sized version (44 K))

Other Images


M57 (NGC 6720): M57  Information at SEDS, The Ring Nebula, a planetary nebula in Lyra

Favorite Image:
A big image by the Hubble Space Telescope from NASA (631 K) (a medium-big sized, reduced K version (19 K))

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M1 (NGC 1952): M1  Information at SEDS, The Crab Nebula, a supernova remnant in Taurus

Favorite Image:
A big image from NASA (839 K) (a reduced K version (81 K))

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NGC 3132: NGC 3132   Information at the Hubble Heritage Project, a planetary nebula

Favorite Image:
A big image by the Hubble Space Telescope (99 K) (a medium sized version at NASA (32 K))


IC 418: IC418   Information at the Hubble Heritage Project, a planetary nebula

Favorite Image:
A medium-big sized image by the Hubble Space Telescope (29 K)


M31 (NGC 224): M31  Information at SEDS, The Andromeda Galaxy, a spiral galaxy in Andromeda

Favorite Image:
A big image by Robert Gendler (718 K) (a medium-sized, reduced K version (64 K))

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M8 (NGC 6523): M8  Information at SEDS, The Lagoon Nebula, an emission nebula in Sagittarius

Favorite Image:
A big image from NASA (187 K) (a medium-sized, reduced K version (56 K))

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The Helix Nebula (NGC 7293): Helix Nebula  Information at SEDS, a planetary nebula

Favorite Image:
A big image by the Hubble Space Telescope (63 K)

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M16 (NGC 6611): M16  Information at SEDS, The Eagle Nebula, an emission nebula in Serpens Cauda

Favorite Image:
A big image at NOAO (175 K)

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IC 4406: IC 4406   Information at the Hubble Heritage Project, a planetary nebula

Favorite Image:
A big image by the Hubble Space Telescope (29 K)


NGC 104: NGC 104  Information at SEDS, a globular cluster in Tucana

Favorite Image:
A medium-big sized image from astrosurf.com (207 K) (a medium sized, reduced K version (76 K))

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The Eskimo Nebula (NGC 2392): Eskimo Nebula  Information at SEDS, a planetary nebula

Favorite Image:
A big image at NASA (498 K) (a medium sized version (47 K))


The Horsehead Nebula (Barnard 33): Horsehead Nebula  Information at SEDS, a dark nebula in Orion

Favorite Image:
A big image from the European Southern Observatory (885 K) (a medium sized, reduced K version (31 K))

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M42 (NGC 1976): M42  Information at SEDS, The Great Orion Nebula, an emission and reflection nebula in Orion

Favorite Image:
A big image by Ray Gralak (184 K) (a medium-sized, reduced K version (27 K))

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M27 (NGC 6853): M27  Information at SEDS, The Dumbbell Nebula, a planetary nebula in Vulpecula

Favorite Image:
A big image at NOAO (206 K) (a medium-sized, reduced K version (44 K))

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M15 (NGC 7078): M15  Information at SEDS, a globular cluster in Pegasus

Favorite Image:
A big image at NOAO (306 K) (a medium-sized, reduced K version (86 K))

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The Little Ghost Nebula (NGC 6369): Little Ghost Nebula   Information at the Hubble Heritage Project, a planetary nebula in Ophiuchus

Favorite Image:
A big image at NASA (173 K) (a medium sized version (41 K))


Mars: Mars    Information at Solarviews.com and at theHubbleTelescope.com

Favorite Images:
A big image (257 K) from NASA (a medium-sized, reduced K version (22 K))
A big image (288 K) from NASA (a medium-sized, reduced K version (32 K))

Favorite Mars Surface Image:
A big image (1062 K) from NASA (a medium-sized, reduced K version (40 K))

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M20 (NGC 6514): M20  Information at SEDS, The Trifid Nebula, an emission and reflection nebula in Sagittarius

Favorite Image:
A big image at NOAO (163 K) (a medium-sized, reduced K version (62 K))

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M5 (NGC 5904): M5  Information at SEDS, a globular cluster in Serpens Caput

Favorite Image:
A big image at NOAO (439 K) (a medium-sized, reduced K version (77 K))

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NGC 6751: NGC 6751   Information at the Hubble Heritage Project, a planetary nebula

Favorite Image:
A big image by the Hubble Space Telescope (82 K) (a medium sized version at NASA (37 K))


Aurorae: Aurorae

Favorite Images:
A medium sized image (47 K) from NASA
A medium-big sized image (59 K) from NASA
A medium-big sized image (73 K) from NASA

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Eros: Eros   an asteroid

Favorite Image:
A big image (71 K) from NASA


M17 (NGC 6618): M17  Information at SEDS, The Omega Nebula, an emission nebula in Sagittarius

Favorite Image:
A big image at NOAO (429 K) (a medium-sized, reduced K version (34 K))

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Omega Centauri (NGC 5139): Omega Centauri  Information at SEDS, a globular cluster

Favorite Image:
A medium-big sized image from astrosurf.com (134 K)

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Comet West: Comet West
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A big image (631 K) at Solarviews.com (a medium-sized, reduced K version (51 K))


M45: M45  Information at SEDS, The Pleiades, an open cluster in Taurus

Favorite Image:
A big image by Russell Croman (510 K) (a medium-sized, reduced K version (59 K))

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The Sun: Sun   Information at Solarviews.com and at theHubbleTelescope.com

Favorite Image:
A huge image (400 K) at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) of NASA (a medium-sized, reduced K version (33 K))

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NGC 3603: NGC 3603   a reflection nebula

Favorite Image:
A big image at NASA (409 K) (a medium sized version (30 K))


M13 (NGC 6205): M13  Information at SEDS, The Great Hercules Globular Cluster, a globular cluster in Hercules

Favorite Image:
A big image at NOAO (328 K) (a medium-sized, reduced K version (69 K))

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Comet Hale-Bopp: Hale-Bopp
Favorite Image:

A medium-sized image (78 K) by Jerry Lodriguss

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The Witch Head Nebula (IC 2118): Witch Head Nebula   a reflection nebula in Orion

Favorite Image:
A big image at NASA (170 K) (a medium sized version (52 K))

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Venus: Venus   Information at Solarviews.com and at theHubbleTelescope.com

Favorite Images:
A huge image (1642 K) at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) of NASA (a medium-big version (47 K))
A huge image (4485 K) at JPL (a medium-big version (78 K))

Other Images


M104 (NGC 4594): M104  Information at SEDS, The Sombrero Galaxy, a spiral galaxy in Virgo

Favorite Image:
A big image by the Hubble Space Telesceope (435 K) (a medium-sized, reduced K version (20 K))

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The Flame Nebula (NGC 2024): Flame Nebula   an emission nebula in Orion

Favorite Image:
A big image at The Grasslands Observatory (67 K)

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Jupiter: Jupiter    Information at Solarviews.com and at theHubbleTelescope.com

Favorite Image:
A big image (176 K) from NASA (a medium-sized, reduced K version (13 K))

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Jupiter's Moon Io: Io

Favorite Image:
A big image (124 K) from NASA (a medium sized, reduced K version (38 K))


NGC 604: NGC 604  Information at SEDS, a star-forming emission nebula in M33

Favorite Image:
A big image by the Hubble Space Telescope (494 K) (a medium sized version (58 K))


M82 (NGC 3034): M82  Information at SEDS, The Cigar Galaxy, an irregular galaxy in Ursa Major

Favorite Image:
A medium-big sized image at NASA (161 K)

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NGC 1999: NGC 1999   Information at the Hubble Heritage Project, a star-forming reflection nebula in Orion

Favorite Image:
A big image by the Hubble Space Telescope (49 K)


The Surface of the Moon: Moon   Information at Solarviews.com

Favorite Image:
A big image (477 K) from NASA (a medium-sized, reduced K version (71 K))

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M3 (NGC 5272): M3  Information at SEDS, a globular cluster in Canes Venatici

Favorite Image:
A big image at NOAO (457 K) (a medium sized, reduced K version (59 K))

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Saturn: Saturn    Information at Solarviews.com and at theHubbleTelescope.com

Favorite Image:
A big image (223 K) by the Hubble Space Telescope (a medium-sized, reduced K version (20 K))

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Saturn's Moon Miranda: Miranda

Favorite Image:
A big image from JPL (74 K) (a medium sized, reduced K version (29 K))


M64 (NGC 4826): M64  Information at SEDS, The Black Eye Galaxy, a spiral galaxy in Coma Berenices

Favorite Image:
A big image from the Hubble Space Telescope (435 K) (a medium-sized, reduced K version (33 K))


The Bubble Nebula (NGC 7635): Bubble Nebula   an emission and reflection nebula in Cassiopeia

Favorite Image:
A big image from NOAO (456 K) (a medium sized, reduced K version (32 K))

Other Images


M51 (NGC 5194): M51  Information at SEDS, The Whirlpool Galaxy, a spiral galaxy in Canes Venatici

Favorite Image:
A big image by Robert Gendler (289 K) (a medium-sized, reduced K version (25 K))

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M80 (NGC 6093): M80  Information at SEDS, a globular cluster in Scorpius

Favorite Image:
A big image by the Hubble Space Telescope (295 K) (a medium-sized, reduced K version (54 K))


The Flaming Star Nebula (IC 405): Flaming Star Nebula   an emission nebula in Auriga

Favorite Image:
A big image at NASA (156 K) (a medium-big sized version (41 K))

Other Images


M81 (NGC 3031): M81  Information at SEDS, Bode's Galaxy, a spiral galaxy in Ursa Major

Favorite Image:
A big image by Robert Gendler (231 K) (a medium-sized, reduced K version (20 K))


M10 (NGC 6254): M10  Information at SEDS, a globular cluster in Ophiuchus

Favorite Image:
A big image at NOAO (538 K) (a medium-sized, reduced K version (69 K))

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NGC 891: NGC 891  Information at SEDS, an edge-on spiral galaxy in Andromeda

Favorite Image:
A big image from NOAO (247 K) (a medium sized version (60 K))


The Crescent Nebula (NGC 6888): Crescent Nebula   a planetary nebula in Cygnus

Favorite Image:
A big image by Russell Croman (300 K) (a medium sized, reduced K version (45 K))

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M14 (NGC 6402): M14  Information at SEDS, a globular cluster in Ophiuchus

Favorite Image:
A big image at NOAO (141 K)


M83 (NGC 5236): M83  Information at SEDS, The Southern Pinwheel Galaxy, a spiral galaxy in Hydra

Favorite Image:
A medium-big sized (827 K) and a big image at the European Southern Observatory (2778 K) (a medium-sized, reduced K version (44 K))

Other Images


Eta Carinae: Eta Carinae  Information at SEDS, a massive, unstable star in Carina

Favorite Image:
A medium-big sized image at NASA (37 K)

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Barnard's Galaxy (NGC 6822): NGC 6822   Information at SEDS, an irregular galaxy in Sagittarius

Favorite Image:
A big image at NASA (314 K) (a medium sized version (69 K))


M22 (NGC 6656): M22  Information at SEDS, a globular cluster in Sagittarius

Favorite Image:
A big image at NOAO (161 K) (a medium-sized, reduced K version (50 K))


Hubble 5: Hubble 5   Information at Hubblesite.org, a planetary nebula

Favorite Image:
A medium-big sized image by the Hubble Space Telescope (62 K)


M55 (NGC 6809): M55  Information at SEDS, a globular cluster in Sagittarius

Favorite Image:
A big image at NOAO (408 K) (a medium-sized, reduced K version (70 K))

Other Images


Abell 2218: Abell 2218   gravitational lensing of a galaxy cluster in Draco

Favorite Image:
A medium sized image at NASA (37 K)


Supernova 1987a Nebula Rings: Supernova 1987a   Information at the Hubble Heritage Project, a supernova remnant

Favorite Image:
A a big image by the Hubble Space Telescope (328 K) (a medium sized, reduced K version (52 K))



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