List of planetary nebulae

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The following is an incomplete list of known planetary nebulae.

Northern Hemisphere[edit]

Image Name Messier Catalogue NGC Other designation Date discovered Distance (kly) Apparent Magnitude (visual) Constellation
NGC6751.jpg NGC 6751 6.5 15.8 Aquila
NGC 6210 HST.tif NGC 6210 4.7 9.3 Hercules
Ngc40.jpg NGC 40 1788 3.5 11.4 Cepheus
Ngc3242b.jpg Ghost of Jupiter NGC 3242 1785 1.4 8.6 Hydra
NGC 6826HSTFull.jpg Blinking Planetary NGC 6826 2.0 8.8 Cygnus
M27 - Dumbbell Nebula.jpg Dumbbell Nebula M27 NGC 6853 1764 1.36 +0.16
−0.21
7.5 Vulpecula
M57 The Ring Nebula.JPG Ring Nebula M57 NGC 6720 1779 2.3 +1.5
−0.7
9 Lyra
Ngc2392.jpg Eskimo Nebula NGC 2392 1787 2.9 (approx.) 10.1 Gemini
NGC6543.jpg Cat's Eye Nebula NGC 6543 1786 3.3 ± 0.9 9.8B Draco
Littleghostnebula.jpg Little Ghost Nebula NGC 6369 1800 (prior to) 9.9 Ophiuchus
Medusa nebula.jpg Medusa Nebula 1955 1.0 (approx.) 15.99 Gemini
Hst NGC7027 big.gif NGC 7027 1878 3.0 (approx.) 10 Cygnus
Comets Kick up Dust in Helix Nebula (PIA09178).jpg Helix Nebula NGC 7293 1824 0.68 +0.15
−0.08
13.5 Aquarius
M76-RL5-DDmin-Gamma-LRGB 883x628.jpg Little Dumbbell Nebula M76 NGC 650, NGC 651 1780 3.4 (approx.) 10.1 Perseus
M97.jpg Owl Nebula M97 NGC 3587 1781 2.6 (approx.) 9.9 Ursa Major
Planetary Nebula M2-9.jpg Twin Jet Nebula or
Butterfly Nebula
M2-9 1947 2.1 14.7 Ophiuchus
Minkowski 92.jpg Footprint Nebula M1-92 1946 15.0 (maximum) 11.7 Cygnus
NGC2346.jpg NGC 2346 1802 3.9 (approx.) 11.9 Monoceros
Abell 39 1955 6.8 (approx.) 13.7 Hercules
Jones-Emberson1HunterWilson.jpg Jones-Emberson 1 PK 164+31.1 1939 1.6 (approx.) 14.0 Lynx
IC3568.jpg Lemon slice nebula IC 3568 1918 4.5 (approx.) 12 Camelopardalis
Soap bubble nebula PN G75.5 1.7 2008 4 (approx.) Cygnus

Southern Hemisphere[edit]

Image Name Messier Catalogue NGC Other designation Date discovered Distance (kly) Apparent Magnitude (visual) Constellation
Hen2-47.jpg Hen 2-47 6.6 Carina
NGC6537.jpg Red Spider Nebula NGC 6537 1888 (prior to) 3.9 (approx.) 11.9 Sagittarius
Ngc6565.jpg NGC 6565 Sagittarius
NGC 6302 Hubble 2009.full.jpg Bug Nebula NGC 6302 1888 (prior to) 3.4 ± 0.5 7.1B Scorpius
NGC 7009 Hubble.jpg Saturn Nebula NGC 7009 1782 3.0 (approx.) 12.8 Aquarius
NGC 3132.jpg Eight-burst Nebula NGC 3132 1888 (prior to) 2.6 (approx.) 9.87 Vela
NGC 2438 1786 2.9 (approx.) 11.5 Puppis
Retinanebel.jpg Retina Nebula IC 4406 1888-1907 2.0 (approx.) Lupus
Ngc 2440.jpg NGC 2440 1790 3.6 (approx.) 9.3 Puppis
Spirograph Nebula - Hubble 1999.jpg Spirograph Nebula IC 418 1888-1894 1.3 (approx.) 9.6 Lepus
Stingraynebula.jpg Stingray Nebula Hen 3-1357 1989 18 (approx.) 10.75 Ara
NGC 5189.jpg Spiral Planetary Nebula NGC 5189 1835 2.6 (approx.) 9.5 Musca
Mz 1 1922 3.4 ± 0.5 12.0 Norma
Ant Nebula.jpg Ant Nebula Mz 3 1922 8.0 (approx.) 13.8 Norma
Fine Ring Nebula.jpg Shapley 1 PLN 329+2.1 1936 ~1 12.6 Norma
MyCn18-crop.png Hourglass Nebula MyCn18 1996 8.0 (approx.) 13.0 Musca
Planetary nebula NGC 3918.jpg NGC 3918 1834 4.9 8.5
The planetary nebula Fleming 1 seen with ESO’s Very Large Telescope.tiff Fleming 1 G290.5+07.9
ESO 170-6
1888? 7.9 13.1 Centaurus

Notes[edit]

Data values are sourced from the individual articles for each nebula. Please see the article of the nebula in question for data references.

Many distances are estimates (denoted by the approx. suffix), as true distances are difficult to infer for planetary nebulae. Please see main article, Planetary nebulae, for more details on distance estimates.

See also[edit]