Universe Guide
SearchTwitterComments

What is a Dark Nebula?

A Dark Nebula is simply that, a dark area of the sky which there is not much light coming from. Dark Nebulas are nebulas because they are made of gas and dust like all the other nebulas. They stand out because they are dark, blocking the light from objects behind them such as the Horse Head. Dark Nebulas can also be seen standing out from a large area of bright stars. Another name for them is Absorption Nebula as they seem to absorb the light and not let it out.

One of the better known dark nebulas is the Horsehead Nebula in the constellation of Orion, the Hunter. Horsehead Nebula just refers to the dark patch in the middle rather than the whole thing. The whole thing is referred to as The Great Orion Molecular cloud.

Horsehead Nebula

The Dark Nebula is often an area with in another much larger area as mentioned above with the Horsehead Nebula. They may seem like void where there is nothing in space but in Dark Nebulas, star formation can occur. Oregon Uni

Some such as the Coalsack Nebula are visible with the naked eye. The Coalsack Nebula is located in Crux constellation in the southern hemisphere, too far south for those upper northern hemisphere.

The mass of these Dark Nebulas can contain over a million solar masses. These clouds have no standard shape and can extend to a region of at least 200 parsecs or over 650 Light Years. Temperatures in Dark Nebulas are cold, they are not far above absolute zero, the coldest ever temperature. Their temperature ranges from 10 to 100 Kelvin give or take. The Celsius equivalent of 100 Kelvin is -173.15 so it pretty cold.

The opposite are not known as Light Nebula but are referred to as Reflective Nebula, planetary Nebula's etc as they are visible and calculated by the absence of light. Dark Nebulas are not related to Dark Energy or Matter. We know and can see Dark Nebula's, we can't see Dark Matter or know it is exists.


Related Pages of Interest :-



Comments and Questions

There's no register feature and no need to give an email address if you don't need to. All messages will be reviewed before being displayed. Comments may be merged or altered slightly such as if an email address is given in the main body of the comment.

You can decline to give a name which if that is the case, the comment will be attributed to a random star. A name is preferred even if its a random made up one by yourself.

   
x
This website is using cookies. More info. That's Fine