Eggs, necklaces, lemon slices and soccer balls - when it comes to nebulas, it seems space can be a bit of a Lost-and-Found. So, it’s not all too surprising that within the dark reaches of space is a Ghost Head Nebula.
So-named for the two white patches that look like ghost eyes, we suspect that this head once belonged to Anne Boleyn, William Wallace or Louis XVI of France. The western patch, called A1, has a bubble at the centre which was created by intense radiation and powerful stellar winds from a single massive star. The eastern patch is less defined as it has more dust and several hidden stars.
Located in the “Large Magellanic Cloud”, fortunately the Ghost Head Nebula is too far from earth (168,000 light years) to haunt us.