Complete List of (real) Nebulae and Galaxies in Elite

drkaii

Volunteer Moderator
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.

*New list* Nebulae that are reachable only with jump mats!

All contributions will be received with utmost gratitude!

You can use this list to find interesting destinations, or just to help you put a name to the stuff you see in the sky. Just select them on the galmap and then there will be a circle around them in the skybox.

Also, don't forget to check out:
for more of the same, but including the procedural stuff too :)


For all nebulae (and galaxies):

  • Click the Nebula Name for a link to a real image of the nebula
  • Click the Screenshot link for an in-game image

Consider installing an extension/addon that gives you a preview of image links when you hover your mouse over it :)


Visible from the bubble:

Nebulae (21)

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

Nebula Sky Charts


And here is an amazing picture by CMDR Jovian Hull:
Here is a panorama I made of the Milky Way while parked at Sol somewhere in Deep Space (right click and "Open Image in New Tab"):

Galaxies

Galaxies in Elite Discussion Thread: https://forums.frontier.co.uk/showthread.php?t=202295

I have found 32 galaxies in total. I have done my best to try to identify them. I think I'm mostly accurate but could be wrong and am open to correction. For the 3 galaxies seen above the Milky Way in the western direction, I really struggled and I've made my best guesses, mainly based on the appearance rather than the position. I think the only galaxies that are at the correct distances on the galaxy map (based on parallax) are the Magellanic Clouds, I think the others are just put at infinite distance, even though some of them are quite a lot closer and should exhibit parallax.

I took screenshots from the galaxy map and upped the brightness to make the galaxies more visible but some of them are really hard to see, and you will need to do the same to see them. Some I only found once I upped the brightness!

The galaxy names in the table are hyperlinks to real images of them. The entry in the Direction column take you to my sky chart screenshot of the region of the sky they are in, with them labelled. Please add to this if you can!

NameOther DesignationsTypeNumber of Stars*DirectionDistance (ly)**
Large Magellanic CloudNubecula MajorIrr20 billionTowards the Magellanic Clouds158,200Video
Small Magellanic CloudNubecula Minor / NGC 292Irr3 billionTowards the Magellanic Clouds199,000Video
Ursa Minor Dwarf2E57 millionWest Up200,000
Sextans DwarfSextans IE425 millionEast Up290,000
Sculptor DwarfESO 351-30E050 millionTowards the Magellanic Clouds290,000
Carina DwarfE335 millionTowards the Magellanic Clouds330,000
Fornax DwarfE4130 millionTowards the Magellanic Clouds460,000
Leo IIDDO 93E090 millionEast Up
690,000​
Leo IDDO 74E340 millionEast Up
820,000​
NGC 6822IC 4895 / MCG -2-50-6 / DDO 209Irr700 millionNorth Down1,600,000
IC 10UGC 192 / MCG 192 / IRAS 177+5900Irr160 millionAbove Andromeda2,200,000
IC 1613UGC 668 / MCG 0-3-70 / DDO 8Irr2 billionBelow Andromeda2,380,000
Andromeda IKK 8E070 MillionBelow Andromeda2,400,000
Andromeda IIIKK 5E68 MillionBelow Andromeda2,440,000
M32NCG 221 / UGC 452 / MCG 7-2-15E21 billionBelow Andromeda2,490,000Video
AndromedaM 31 / NGC 224 / UGC 454 / MCG 7-2-16Sb***1 trillionBelow Andromeda2,500,000Video
Cassiopeia 1KK 19Irr6 billionAbove Andromeda2,550,000
NGC 147 & NGC 185****E5 / E31 billionAbove Andromeda2,580,000
Leo ADDO 69Irr40 millionEast Up2,600,000
TriangulumM 33 / NGC 598 / UGC 1117 / MCG 5-4-69Sc***40 billionBelow Andromeda3,000,000Video
Pegasus DwarfDDO 216dIrr50 millionBelow Andromeda3,000,000
WLMWolf-Lundmark-Melotte / DDO 221Irr830 millionDirectly Down3,000,000
Aquarius DwarfDDO 210Irr8 millionNorth Down3,200,000
Sagittarius DIGESO 594-4Irr40 millionNorth Down3,390,000
Antlia DwarfPGC 29194E350 millionEast Up4,000,000
NGC 3109ESO 499-36 / MCG -4-24-13 / UGCA 194Sb15 billionEast Up4,300,000
Sextans ADDO 75Irr570 millionEast Up4,310,000
IC 5152ESO 237-27 / AM 2159-513 / IRAS 21594-5132Irr1 billionTowards the Magellanic Clouds5,800,000
Andromeda IVIrr600 millionBelow Andromeda6,100,000
NGC 404UGC 718 / MCG 6-3-18 / ZWG 520.20S0900 millionBelow Andromeda10,000,000
NGC 69461UGC 11597 / MCG 10-29-6 / ZWG 304.6SBc100 billionWest Up22,000,000
NGC 69522NGC 6951 / UGC 11604 / MCG 11-25-2SBc170 billionWest Up74,000,000
IC 15021UGC 12706 / UGC 12105 / MCG 13-1-2Sa7 billionWest Up82,000,000
NGC 59851UGC 9969 / MCG 10-22-30 / ZWG 297.25SBb1 trillionWest Up100,000,000
NGC 67032UGC 11356 / MCG 8-34-20 / ZWG 255.14S0110 billionWest Up106,000,000
*Taken from Space Engine (not reliable, but probably good estimates)
**Almost all distances taken from wikipedia. A few I had to find some papers or astronomy sites to get them from
***Taken from Wikipedia - check source there
****Physically paired galaxies
1More likely to be correct of the two possibilities (see sky chart)
2Less likely to be the correct one of the two possibilities (see sky chart)

Abbreviations:
Irr - irregular galaxy
E# - elliptical galaxy
S# - spiral galaxy
SB# - spiral barred galaxy
dIrr - dwarf irregular galaxy
DIG - dwarf irregular galaxy
NGC - New General Catalogue
IC - Index Catalogue
ESO - European Southern Observatory catalogue
DDO - David Dunlap Observatory
UGC - Uppsala General Catalogue
MCG - Morphological Catalogue of Galaxies
M - Messier object
IRAS - Infrared Astronomical Satellite
KK - ?
ZWG - ?
PCG - Principal Galaxies Catalogue
UGCA - ?
AM - ?
WLM - Wolf-Lundmark-Melotte

Galaxy Sky Charts

The first is an example:
Andromeda and co.png
Here are the charts:
Above Andromeda.pngBelow Andromeda.pngDirectly Down.pngEast Up.pngMagellanic Clouds.pngNorth Down.pngWest up.png



NOT Visible from the bubble:


Reachable Nebulae (110)

NameDistance from Sol (ly)Central Star?*Video
Struve's Lost Nebula500NoScreenshot
Scorpius Dark Region500-Screenshot
Musca Dark Region500-Screenshot
Hind Nebula595YesScreenshot
Scutum Dark Region650-Screenshot
Helix Nebula700NoScreenshot
Eskimo Nebula800YesScreenshot
Pencil Nebula815NoScreenshot
NGC 1514860YesScreenshot
Fine Ring Nebula1,000YesScreenshot
IC 12871,000YesScreenshot
Parrot's Head1,000-Screenshot
Dumbbell Nebula1,100YesScreenshotVideo
NGC 13331,100-Screenshot
Spirograph Nebula1,100YesScreenshot
NGC 19991,140YesScreenshot
NGC 13601,145YesScreenshot
Orion Nebula1,300-ScreenshotVideo
Running Man Nebula1,300-Screenshot
Messier 781,300NoScreenshotVideo
Ghost of Jupiter1,400YesScreenshot
Horsehead Dark Region1,400-Screenshot
Cepheus Dark Region1,400-Screenshot
Puppis Dark Region B1,400-Screenshot
Flame Nebula1,410-Screenshot
Veil Nebula West1,470-Screenshot
Horsehead Nebula1,500-Screenshot
Orion Dark Region1,500-Screenshot
Iris Nebula1,500-Screenshot
Puppis Dark Region1,500-Screenshot
Flaming Star Nebula1,700NoScreenshot
IC 2891,700YesScreenshot
Spiral Planetary Nebula1,780YesScreenshot
Sadr Region1,800-Screenshot
North America Nebula1,900-Screenshot
Pelican Nebula1,900-Screenshot
B3521,900-Screenshot
Veil Nebula East1,970-Screenshot
Eight burst Nebula2,100YesScreenshot
Ring Nebula2,200NoScreenshotVideo
Cone Nebula2,200-Screenshot
Cave Nebula2,400-Screenshot
NGC 68842,500YesScreenshot
Trifid of the North Nebula2,600NoScreenshot
Elephant's Trunk Nebula2,650-Screenshot
NGC 78222,790-Screenshot
Fetus Nebula2,900YesScreenshot
Hubble's Variable Star3,000 YesScreenshot
Blue Flash3,000YesScreenshot
IC 51173,000YesScreenshot
Butterfly Nebula3,000YesScreenshot
Red Spider Nebula3,000-Screenshot
Retina Nebula3,000YesScreenshot
Cocoon Nebula3,200-Screenshot
NGC 24383,200YesScreenshot
Bug Nebula3,400YesScreenshot
NGC 70273,400YesScreenshot
Thor's Helmet3,660YesScreenshot
Seagull Nebula3,770-Screenshot
NGC 73544,200YesScreenshot
NGC 61884,400-Screenshot
Lagoon Nebula4,500-Screenshot
NGC 36994,500YesScreenshot
Little Ghost Nebula4,900YesScreenshot
NGC 63374,900YesScreenshot
Jellyfish Nebula4,990-Screenshot
Blue Planetary Nebula5,000YesScreenshot
NGC 68045,000YesScreenshot
Crescent Nebula5,000-Screenshot
NGC 68525,000YesScreenshot
NGC 67815,100YesScreenshot
Trifid Nebula5,200-ScreenshotVideo
Rosette Nebula5,300-Screenshot
Cat's Paw Nebula5,500-Screenshot
Omega Nebula5,500-ScreenshotVideo
NGC 70485,600YesScreenshot
NGC 24405,700YesScreenshot
NGC 68035,700YesScreenshot
NGC 65655,900YesScreenshot
Statue of Liberty Nebula6,000-Screenshot
NGC 68426,000YesScreenshot
NGC 70266,000YesScreenshot
NGC 67516,400YesScreenshot
Monkey Head Nebula6,400-Screenshot
NGC 68206,500-Screenshot
NGC 28996,500YesScreenshot
Crab Nebula7,000-ScreenshotVideo
NGC 19317,000-Screenshot
Eagle Nebula7,000-ScreenshotVideo
Bubble Nebula7,100-Screenshot
Heart and Soul Nebulae7,400-Screenshot
IC 46347,500YesScreenshot
NGC 2818,000-Screenshot
NGC 53078,100YesScreenshot
NGC 63578,100-Screenshot
NGC 27928,200YesScreenshot
NGC 53158,400YesScreenshot
Eta Carina Nebula9,000-Screenshot
NGC 75389,000-Screenshot
NGC 59799,000YesScreenshot
NGC 68869,000YesScreenshot
NGC 32119,100YesScreenshot
IC 52179,400YesScreenshot
NGC 149110,000-Screenshot
NGC 632611,000YesScreenshot
IC 419114,400YesScreenshot
NGC 319915,000-Screenshot
Skull and Crossbones Nebula15,000-Screenshot
IC 262115,500YesScreenshot
G2 dustcloud27,900-Screenshot
*Only applies to planetary nebulae - emission/reflection/diffuse nebulae generally have many central stars, and dark regions never have a central star


Reachable only with increased FSD range (2)

NameDistance from Sol (ly)Central Star?*
Bow-Tie Nebula3,500YesScreenshot
Little Gem Nebula6,000YesScreenshot
*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 (8)




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


Other Nebulae (not found in game as far as I can tell)


 
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drkaii

Volunteer Moderator
Updated with charts showing nebulae as well as other nebulae that aren't visible or don't exist :)
 
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Wouldn't it be nice if we could add filters to our windscreens that let us look at the sky in different wavelengths, since that'll be at least part of the reason why the real pictures are often much more impressive than the in game things...
 
Very nice! For some other real planetary nebulae see my posts starting at https://forums.frontier.co.uk/showthread.php?t=141595&page=3&p=2345275&viewfull=1#post2345275

One little quibble is the coordinate system you've chosen. I'm not a fan of terms like coreward & rimward because they aren't really logical. After all, *every* direction along the galactic plane is rimward since you'll eventually end up at the rim :D. And once you've travelled 26k LY 'coreward' you are heading directly away from the core. I much prefer using NSWE when looking down from above the galaxy, partially at least because this reflects the default view in the ED galaxy map. So North is the direction from Sol towards Sag A*, South away from it, West to the left and East to the right. Up & down then suffice for the other two axes which is logical since they refer to the distance from the galactic plane. It's just a matter of preference really, but the one I describe is already in use in Erimus's Community Mapping project so it could get confusing to have multiple schemes in use.
 

drkaii

Volunteer Moderator
Yes, I confirmed it. All of them are way too far from the nearest star.

Allitnil, I get your point. I'll change it and also thanks for the nebula list, will add them when I get a chance
 
Great list! I have two named nebulae for it as well: there is the Blue Flash, a planetary nebula (NGC 6905), and the Skull and Crossbones nebula (NGC 2467) some 15000 ly out. Both are listed in-game with their nicknames. The latter is so long that system names are shortened to "Skull and Crossbones Neb. Sector".
 

drkaii

Volunteer Moderator
Great list! I have two named nebulae for it as well: there is the Blue Flash, a planetary nebula (NGC 6905), and the Skull and Crossbones nebula (NGC 2467) some 15000 ly out. Both are listed in-game with their nicknames. The latter is so long that system names are shortened to "Skull and Crossbones Neb. Sector".
Thanks for the Blue Flash. Skull is there under NGC 246 - bit confused now.
 
Thanks for the Blue Flash. Skull is there under NGC 246 - bit confused now.
The Skull nebula is separate from the Skull and Crossbones nebula. NGC 246 and NGC 2467 too. A bit confusing, yeah, but they are in distinctly different places.
 
Seagull Nebula has a central star of BD-10 1848 [2656.38 : -159.16 : -2712.63]
Thor's Helmet nebula has a central star of ALS 299 [ 2704.16 : -19.19 : -2469.28]

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drkaii

Volunteer Moderator
The Skull nebula is separate from the Skull and Crossbones nebula. NGC 246 and NGC 2467 too. A bit confusing, yeah, but they are in distinctly different places.
Well you can see where I went wrong. I searched NGC 246 while looking for the Skull neb, and it brought me to the Skull and Crossbones nebula and I was like w/e
Seagull Nebula has a central star of BD-10 1848 [2656.38 : -159.16 : -2712.63]
Thor's Helmet nebula has a central star of ALS 299 [ 2704.16 : -19.19 : -2469.28]

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Thanks, well spotted. Is the Seagull a Planetary Nebula? I'm not in game right now
 
Wow! What a fantastic effort! I can see a ton of work has gone into this, bravo cmdr :)

I'm in the middle of overhauling the maps and data on the mapping thread, and both projects will complement each other perfectly.

Excellent work drkaii. The explorers community is awesome :cool:
 

drkaii

Volunteer Moderator
Wow! What a fantastic effort! I can see a ton of work has gone into this, bravo cmdr :)

I'm in the middle of overhauling the maps and data on the mapping thread, and both projects will complement each other perfectly.

Excellent work drkaii. The explorers community is awesome :cool:
Thanks! Yes, at least 4-5 hours, but I have to say it was really fun.
And yes, we need a website, something like Elite-Cartographics.com.

Actually that's a really good idea, and maybe my next project
Nope, it's a "regular" nebula. (I'm not sure what the proper term is.)
Ah yes it's just a regular emission region, those are all n/a because they have many central stars
Amazing work! Now to lose tons of time looking at the pretty pictures...
space is purty
 
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