Here’s a fun little quiz for you!
Below are 9 pictures of interesting nebula, and your aim is to correctly guess the name based on its shape.
Are you ready?
It may be obvious to you, but perhaps not. You may find it helpful to know that this nebula was named after a video game character.
Many civilisations before us used the night sky to tell stories. One civilisation used them to tell stories about dwarves, elves, giants, gods and a lot of horses!
This nebula was named after an iconic prop of one of these mythological characters, one who you may have watched on the TV!
(Hint: it’s an animal)
This nebula resembles a face of a minor character (or three) in Macbeth.
I can’t give any hints here; I’m certain you’ve got this one!
We’re focusing on the blue nebula within the red. It is something a pescatarian would enjoy eating, and is commonly fried in batter in Spain.
Let’s go for a dark nebula! This one lies in the Ophiuchus constellation, if that helps!
In the right corner is the Boötes Void, one of my favourite nebulae!
This nebula is supposed to resemble a baby animal.
This planetary nebula was discovered in 1922, and was named after a very common insect.
How well did you do?
If you get 0-3 nebulae correct, you may need to brush up on your knowledge. Use this as an excuse to go stargazing.
If you score between 4-6, not bad!
If you score 7 or more, I’m impressed! You really know your nebulae (unless you guessed them all, but I won’t judge.)
Thor’s Helmet Nebula,
Witch Head Nebula,
Baby Eagle Nebula,