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Harel Boren | profile | all galleries >> Galleries >> Given Names to Astronomical Objects tree view | thumbnails | slideshow

Given Names to Astronomical Objects

In many cases over the long adventure story told in these pages, I've found myself staring at the fruit of my labor
usually a dark, emission or reflection nebula - and from within it, staring me right out in my face, was another, more earthly object...

I could seldom fight the temptation of simply naming the object after its earthly counterpart - may it be a "leaping puma" or a "seahorse", or even a "laughing skull"...
It's probably the sinister high-tech copywriter inside me enjoying the ride, but... - whatever :-)

It turned out that many-an-astrophotographer had found these names compelling, and these names stuck.
My little, funny, and utterly not-important contribution to posterity.

In this gallery I'll include some of the original images, also linking to some of the places I saw them again.
My many thanks to all my peers who could relate to these names and have found them worthy of the utterly beautiful, ever breathtaking, fruit of their labor.
The Leaping Puma Nebula
The Leaping Puma Nebula
Barnard 150 The Seahorse Nebula
Barnard 150 The Seahorse Nebula
B207 LBN777 The Baby Eagle Nebula / Vulture Head Nebula
B207 LBN777 The Baby Eagle Nebula / Vulture Head Nebula
LBN 406 The Laughing Skull Nebula - and PGC 58928 - in Draco
LBN 406 The Laughing Skull Nebula - and PGC 58928 - in Draco
Jacob's Ladder - IC4633, IC4635 and IFN in Apus (also Sarah's Nebula)
Jacob's Ladder - IC4633, IC4635 and IFN in Apus (also Sarah's Nebula)
The Little Iris
The Little Iris
The Camas Lilies Nebula - IC447 (IC2169, LBN903), IC446 (IC2167, LBN898), NGC2245 (LBN904), NGC2247 (LBN901) in Monoceros
The Camas Lilies Nebula - IC447 (IC2169, LBN903), IC446 (IC2167, LBN898), NGC2245 (LBN904), NGC2247 (LBN901) in Monoceros
The Great Carina Nebula (NGC3372), Keyhole Nebula (NGC3324), Red Hood / Gabriela Mistral Nebula (NGC3324)
The Great Carina Nebula (NGC3372), Keyhole Nebula (NGC3324), Red Hood / Gabriela Mistral Nebula (NGC3324)
The Woolly Mammoth Nebula - LDN 673, 676A, 676B, 677, B77
The Woolly Mammoth Nebula - LDN 673, 676A, 676B, 677, B77
The Woolly Mammoth Nebula - LDN 673, 676A, 676B, 677, B77 / Annotated
The Woolly Mammoth Nebula - LDN 673, 676A, 676B, 677, B77 / Annotated
LBN 406 The Laughing Skull Nebula - and PGC 58928 - in Draco
LBN 406 The Laughing Skull Nebula - and PGC 58928 - in Draco