The Sky's Brightest Nebulae  

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NGC782200h 03.6m+68 37'E65'x20'502,800Cep
NGC28100h 52.8m+56 36'E30'x25'708,000Cas
IC59,63Gamma Cas Nebula00h 56.7m+61 04'RE40'x10'7600Cas
NGC60201h 29.6m-73 33'E2'x1'120210,000Hyi
IC1795,1805Running Dog Nebula02h 33.4m+61 26'E100'x80'1706,000Cas
IC184802h 51.3m+60 25'E105'x60'2006,500Cas
NGC133303h 29.3m+31 25'R9'x7'31,100Per
NGC1432,35Pleiades Nebula03h 47.0m+24 67'R180'x180'20400Tau
NGC1499California Nebula04h 00.7m+36 37'E150'x40'701,500Per
NGC149104h 02.9m+51 17'E3'x3'910,000Per
NGC1554,55Hind's Nebula (T-Tau)04h 21.8m+19 32'R1'x1'0.2500Tau
NGC157904h 30.7m+35 15'R8'x12'92,600Per
NGC162404h 40.0m+50 27'E3'x3'1720,000Per
IC2118Witch Head Nebula05h 06.9m-07 13'R180'x60'501,000Eri
IC405Flaming Star Nebula05h 16.2m+34 16'RE30'x20'151,700Aur
IC41005h 22.2m+33 23'E20'x20'6011,000Aur
NGC193105h 31.4m+34 14'RE8'x8'145,900Aur
M1Crab Nebula05h 34.5m+22 01'S6'x4'127,000Tau
---Lambda Orionis (S264)05h 35.2m+09 56'E60'x60'251,400Ori
NGC1973,75,7705h 35.4m-04 50'RE40'x25'161,300Ori
M42Orion Nebula05h 35.4m-05 27'E60'x60'251,300Ori
NGC199905h 36.3m-06 43'R2'x2'11,300Ori
NGC2070Tarantula Nebula05h 38.7m-69 06'E40'x25'2,000170,000Dor
IC434Horsehead Nebula05h 41.0m-02 24'E60'x10'251,300Ori
NGC2023,24Flame Nebula05h 42.0m-01 50'RE30'x30'121,300Ori
M7805h 46.7m+00 03'R30'x20'121,300Ori
---Barnard's Loop (S276)05h 55.0m-01 30'E840'x60'3501300Ori
NGC214906h 03.5m-09 44'E3'x2'-?Mon
NGC217406h 09.8m+20 19'E40'x30'706,000Ori
IC44306h 17.0m+22 29'S50'x40'705,000Gem
NGC2237,38,39,46Rosette Nebula06h 32.3m+05 03'E80'x60'1104,700Mon
NGC2261Hubble's Nebula (R Mon)06h 39.2m+08 44'RE2'x2'23,000Mon
NGC2264Cone Nebula (S Mon)06h 40.9m+09 54'E25'x15'162,200Mon
NGC2327Seagull Nebula07h 04.0m-11 18'E150'x50'1703,800CMa
NGC2359Thor's Helmet07h 17.6m-13 12'E10'x5'6020,000CMa
NGC246707h 52.5m-26 24'E8'x7'3515,000Pup
NGC2736Gum Nebula (part of)09h 00.4m-45 54'S10'x20'91,500Vel
NGC319910h 17.1m-57 55'E22'x20'9015,000Car
NGC3372Eta Carina Nebula10h 43.8m-59 52'E85'x80'2209,000Car
NGC3576,81,8211h 12.1m-61 18'E30'x20'506,000Car
NGC360311h 15.1m-61 16'E20'x20'12020,000Car
NGC536713h 57.7m-39 59'E2'x1'12,100Cen
IC460416h 25.6m-23 26'RE60'x25'10600Oph
NGC618816h 41.4m-48 05'E20'x12'254,400Ara
NGC6334Cat's Paw Nebula17h 20.3m-36 04'E40'x30'605,500Sco
NGC635717h 24.4m-34 09'E90'x60'903,300Sco
M20Trifid Nebula18h 02.6m-23 02'RE29'x27'354,000Sag
M8Lagoon Nebula18h 03.8m-24 23'E80'x40'1004,500Sag
M16Eagle Nebula18h 18.8m-13 47'E35'x30'605,700Ser
M17Omega Nebula18h 20.8m-16 11'E40'x30'504,500Sag
IC128718h 31.3m-10 50'R5'x4'21,000?Scu
NGC6726,27,29R CrA Nebula19h 01.5m-36 54'RE10'x10'1420CrA
NGC682019h 42.5m+23 05'E20'x20'406,500Vul
NGC6888Crescent Nebula20h 12.0m+38 21'E20'x10'254,000Cyg
IC1318Gamma Cyg Nebula20h 22.2m+40 15'E50'x50'604,000Cyg
NGC6960Veil Nebula20h 45.6m+30 42'S70'x6'402,000Cyg
IC5067,68,70Pelican Nebula20h 50.8m+44 21'E80'x70'401,900Cyg
NGC6992,95Veil Nebula20h 56.4m+31 43'S80'x8'502,000Cyg
NGC7000North America Nebula20h 58.8m+44 20'E120'x100'701,900Cep
NGC702321h 01.8m+68 12'R18'x18'81,500Cep
IC139621h 39.0m+57 29'E170'x140'1302,700Cep
IC5146Cocoon Nebula21h 53.5m+47 16'RE10'x10'93,200Cyg
---Cave Nebula (S155)22h 56.8m+62 37'E50'x30'352,400Cep
NGC753823h 13.2m+61 29'E10'x7'259,000Cep
NGC7635Bubble Nebula23h 20.7m+61 12'E15'x8'5012,000Cas

Definition of Columns
  1. Standard catalog number.
  2. Common name.
  3. Right Ascension for epoch 2000.
  4. Declination for epoch 2000.
  5. Nebula type:
    • E = Emission.
    • R = Reflection.
    • S = Supernova Remnant.
  6. Angular diameter in arcminutes.
  7. Diameter of the nebula in light years.
  8. Distance to the nebula in light years.
  9. Constellation that hosts the majority of the nebula.

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