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IC-405-Flaming-Star-Nebula

Flaming Star Nebula

Nebula Map

Nebula map with approximate locations

A nebula is an interstellar cloud of dust, hydrogen, helium, and other ionized gases. They have a wide range of sizes, and some can even be dozens or hundreds of light-years across. Many nebulae are visible to the naked eye due to florescence caused by embedded hot stars, while others are so diffused that they can only be detected by specialised equipment. Although nebulae are denser than the surrounding space, most nebulae are still attenuated enough that their total mass is relatively small; a nebula the size of Earth would only amount to a few kilograms. Some nebulae are dense enough that they promote the accretion of matter and can eventually form new stars.

In general, there are three types of nebulae: emission/reflection/diffuse nebulae, which encompass multiple central stars; planetary, which encompass only a single star system; and dark regions, which encompass no stars.

Visible Nebulae

Rho-Ophiuchi-nebula

Rho Ophiuchi nebula

These nebulae are visible from the Core Systems and reachable with conventional ships.[1]

Name Distance from Sol (ly) Central Star?
Pleiades Nebula 380 -
R Cra Nebula 420 Yes
Taurus Dark Region 460
The Lupus Dark Regions 460
Pipe Bowl and Stem 480
Coalsack Nebula 500
Rho Ophiuchi 500
The Ophiuchus Dark Regions 500
Corona Australis Dark Region 510
LBN 623 600
Chamaeleon Nebula 600
IC 4604 600
Snake 600
B92 650
Vulpecula Dark Region 650
Witch Head Nebula 890
California Nebula 975
Aquila Dark Region 990
Barnard's Loop 1,400
Blinking Nebula 2,000 Yes
Little Dumbbell Nebula 2,100 Yes

Reachable Nebulae

Veil-West-Nebula-and-Type-9

Veil West Nebula and a Type-9

Over 110 other nebulae are reachable with conventional ships.

Name Distance from Sol (ly) Central Star?
Struve's Lost Nebula 500 No
Scorpius Dark Region 500
Musca Dark Region 500
Hind Nebula 595 Yes
Scutum Dark Region 650
Helix Nebula 700 No
Eskimo Nebula 800 Yes
Pencil Nebula - NGC 2736 815 No
NGC 1514 860 Yes
Shapley 1 1,000 Yes
IC 1287 1,000 Yes
Parrot's Head 1,000
Dumbbell Nebula 1,100 Yes
NGC 1333 1,100 -
Spirograph Nebula 1,100 Yes
NGC 1999 1,140 Yes
NGC 1360 1,145 Yes
Orion Nebula 1,300
Running Man Nebula 1,300
Messier 78 1,300 No
NGC 3242 - Ghost of Jupiter 1,400 Yes
Horsehead Dark Region 1,400
Cepheus Dark Region 1,400
Puppis Dark Region B 1,400
Flame Nebula 1,410
Veil Nebula West 1,470
Horsehead Nebula 1,500
Orion Dark Region 1,500
Iris Nebula 1,500
Puppis Dark Region 1,500
IC 405 - Flaming Star Nebula 1,500 No
IC 289 1,700 Yes
Spiral Planetary Nebula 1,780 Yes
Sadr Region 1,800 Yes
North America Nebula 1,900
Pelican Nebula 1,900
B352 1,900
Veil Nebula East 1,970
Eight burst Nebula 2,100 Yes
Ring Nebula 2,200 No
Cone Nebula 2,200 -
M97 (Owl Nebula) 2,200 Yes
Cave Nebula 2,400 -
NGC 6884 2,500 Yes
Trifid of the North Nebula 2,600 No
Elephant's Trunk Nebula 2,650 -
NGC 7822 2,790 -
Fetus Nebula 2,900 Yes
Hubble's Variable Star 3,000 Yes
Blue Flash 3,000 Yes
IC 5117 3,000 Yes
Butterfly Nebula 3,000 Yes
Red Spider Nebula 3,000 -
Retina Nebula 3,000 Yes
Cocoon Nebula 3,200 -
NGC 2438 3,200 Yes
NGC 6302 (Bug Nebula, Butterfly Nebula) 3,400 Yes
NGC 7027 3,400 Yes
Bow-Tie Nebula 3,500 Yes
Thor's Helmet 3,660 Yes
Seagull Nebula 3,770 -
NGC 7354 4,200 Yes
NGC 6188 4,400 -
Lagoon Nebula 4,500 -
NGC 3699 4,500 Yes
Little Ghost Nebula 4,900 Yes
NGC 6337 4,900 Yes
Jellyfish Nebula 4,990 -
Blue Planetary Nebula 5,000 Yes
NGC 6804 5,000 Yes
Crescent Nebula 5,000 -
NGC 6852 5,000 Yes
NGC 6781 5,100 Yes
Trifid Nebula 5,200 -
Rosette Nebula 5,300 -
Cat's Paw Nebula - NGC 6334 5,500 -
Omega Nebula 5,500 -
NGC 6357 5,500 -
NGC 7048 5,600 Yes
NGC 2440 5,700 Yes
NGC 6803 5,700 Yes
NGC 6565 5,900 Yes
Little Gem Nebula 6,000 Yes
Statue of Liberty Nebula 6,000 -
NGC 6842 6,000 Yes
NGC 7026 6,000 Yes
NGC 6751 6,400 Yes
Monkey Head Nebula 6,400 -
NGC 6820 6,500 -
NGC 2899 6,500 Yes
Crab Nebula 7,000 -
NGC 1931 7,000 -
Eagle Nebula 7,000 -
Bubble Nebula 7,100 -
Heart and Soul Nebulae 7,400 -
IC 4634 7,500 Yes
NGC 281 8,000 -
NGC 5307 8,100 Yes
NGC 2792 8,200 Yes
NGC 5315 8,400 Yes
Eta Carinae 9,000 -
NGC 7538 9,000 -
NGC 5979 9,000 Yes
NGC 6886 9,000 Yes
NGC 3211 9,100 Yes
IC 5217 9,400 Yes
NGC 1491 10,000 -
NGC 6326 11,000 Yes
IC 4191 14,400 Yes
NGC 3199 - Wolf-Rayet Nebula 15,000 -
NGC 2467 - Skull and Crossbones 15,000 -
IC 2621 15,500 Yes
G2 dustcloud 27,900 -

Unreachable Nebulae

There are seven nebulae which cannot be reached with conventional ships. Some may be reachable with a Fleet Carrier.

Name Distance from Sol (ly) Central Star? Reachable w/
Fleet Carrier?
Skull Nebula 1,600 No
Cat's Eye Nebula 3,270 No
Lemon Slice Nebula 4,500 Yes Yes
Saturn Nebula 5,200 Yes
NGC 6210 5,300 Yes
Blue Snowball Nebula 5,500 Yes
White Eyed Pea Nebula 6,500 Yes

Notes

  • Elite Dangerous contains a mixture of both authentic nebulae observed in the real-world, and procedurally-generated nebulae used to fill-in areas of the galaxy that are difficult or impossible to observe from Earth. This article lists only authentic nebulae.

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References

  1. Complete List of (real) Nebulae and Galaxies in Elite
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