Five phenomenally freaky nebulas
The Eye of Sauron (NGC 7293)
In infrared light, the Helix Nebula looks eerily similar to the all-seeing Eye of Sauron from The Lord of the Rings films.
Galactic Ghoul (DR 6)
Also known as the ‘screaming monkey’, this star cluster gets its nicknames thanks to the wide cavity regions that resemble eyes and a mouth.
Witch Head Nebula (IC 2118)
This faint reflection nebula in the constellation of Orion bears a spooky similarity to a wicked witch’s face in profile.
Ghost Nebula (Sh2-136)
The billowing clouds of this nebula look strangely like small human-like figures fleeing in terror from a foreboding phantom.
Ghost Head Nebula (NGC 2080)
The two bright white ‘eyes’ of the Ghost Head Nebula are actually searingly hot regions of glowing hydrogen and oxygen.