99 Planetary Nebulas
Update 2014 June 20: Reading about Gomez's Hamburger I now realize it's not a planetary nebula. It's actually a protoplanetary disk. Hooray! I wonder if more objects will change categories? For now, there are 99 Planetary Nebulas and a Protoplanetary Disk.
Update 2014 Mar 26: To my absolute horror, Flickr has updated their interface and now in order to access the notes and find out about the individual nebulas, you have to scroll through this very long list until the correct one is highlighted. How dreadful.
Update 2014 Feb 08: This work won the "favorite non-MIT entry" at MIT's Art of Astrophysics competition. Click the link and check out the other winners and entries!
Update 2014 Feb 02: I added notes to identify all 100 planetaries which you can click to see a close-ups. Good thing Flickr allows me to add exactly 100 notes and no more! Also, while doing this I sort of took inventory of them and was surprised to realize that I completely omitted The Southerner from the collage. Oops! I'm sorry, NGC 3918.
Inspired by insect illustration posters, this is a large collage of planetary nebulas I put together bit by bit as I processed them. All are presented north up and at apparent size relative to one another--I did not rotate or resize them in order to satisfy compositional aesthetics (if you spot any errors, let me know). Colors are aesthetic choices, especially since most planetary nebulas are imaged with narrowband filters.
How many of them can you identify?
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