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A nebula is an interstellar cloud of dust, hydrogen, helium and other ionized gases. Most nebulae are of vast size, even millions of light years in diameter. Contrary to fictional depictions where starships hide in nebulae as thick as cloud banks, in reality a nebula that is barely visible to the human eye from Earth would appear larger, but no brighter, from close by.[1]

Nebula Map

Nebula map with approximate locations.

This is a growing list of all the real  (i.e. not procedural) nebulae and galaxies found in game. We have found 141 nebulae and 32 external galaxies as of writing. The first table is the list of all nebulae visible in the sky from the bubble, with several sky charts (taken from Sol) indicating where they are. In the second table, the galaxies are listed, with links to real images, followed by sky charts of their locations in the sky taken from the game. The third table contains all other reachable nebulae, and the last table contains the unreachable ones. At the end is a list of some real Nebulae that are notably not in game. Distances are given, as well as if there is a central star to jump to for the smaller planetary nebulae. Every nebula has a real image and an in-game screen shot as well.[2]

Pleiades Nebula

Pleiades nebula.

Nebulae Edit

These nebulae are visible from the bubble.

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

*Only applies to planetary nebulae - emission/reflection/diffuse nebulae generally have many central stars, and dark regions never have a central star

Reachable Nebulae Edit

110 reachable nebulae have been found.

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

*Only applies to planetary nebulae - emission/reflection/diffuse nebulae generally have many central stars, and dark regions never have a central star


Two nebulae are reachable only with increased FSD range.

Name Distance from Sol (ly) Central Star?*
Bow-Tie Nebula 3,500 Yes Screenshot
Little Gem Nebula 6,000 Yes Screenshot

*Only applies to planetary nebulae - emission/reflection/diffuse nebulae generally have many central stars, and dark regions never have a central star **exact distance subject to confirmation

Unreachable Nebulae Edit


There are 8 unreachable nebulae.

Name Distance from Sol (ly) Central Star?*
Skull Nebula 1,600 No Screenshot
M97, AKA Owl Nebula 2,200 Yes Screenshot Video
Cat's Eye Nebula 3,270 No Screenshot
Lemon Slice Nebula 4,500 Yes Screenshot
Saturn Nebula 5,200 Yes Screenshot
NGC 6210 5,300 Yes Screenshot
Blue Snowball Nebula 5,500 Yes Screenshot
White Eyed Pea 6,500 Yes Screenshot

*Only applies to planetary nebulae - emission/reflection/diffuse nebulae generally have many central stars, and dark regions never have a central star

References Edit

  1. Nebula - Wikipedia
  2. Complete List of (real) Nebulae and Galaxies in Elite

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